At the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda unveiled the much-anticipated RX-VISION Concept, a rear-wheel drive sports car that supposedly describes a vision of the future that the Japanese automaker hopes to one day make into reality. Interestingly, it is powered by a rotary engine.
Sporting an evolution of Mazda’s well-received KODO design language and featuring typical rear-wheel drive sports car proportions, the RX-VISION is distinguished by an aggressive front fascia with a prominent grille and a front lip spoiler, a ventilated hood, shot overhangs, a rakish windscreen and large alloy wheels. We also see nicely-integrated front fender vents, a rear diffuser and a dual exhaust system.
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The minimalist yet attractive interior houses a leather-wrapped dashboard, a three-spoke steering wheel, alloy pedals and carbon fiber trim.
As sexy as the RX-VISION Concept is inside and out, it’s what’s under the hood — a next-generation Skyactive-R rotary engine — that has enthusiasts most excited. There have been fears that the demise of the Mazda RX-8 marked the end of the rotary engine, but Mazda appears to not have given up on the technology.
In fact, the company says the rotary engine is a symbol of their “determination to take on challenges with convention-defying aspirations and the latest technology” and that they have “never stopped research and development efforts” towards it.
Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai stated:
“I look forward to talking with you more about this vision we have revealed here today at the Mazda stand. Mazda will continue to take on new challenges in an effort to build a special bond with our customers and become their ‘one and only’ brand.”
It’s very clear that Mazda is still interested in offering a rotary-powered car sometime in the future. What form the car will take and when it will be released are questions that remain to be answered, but there is hope that it will see the light of day.
A successor to the RX-8 has long been overdue…
Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle
The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.
Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.
Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.
Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.
Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.
Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts
It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.
Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.
Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.
The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.
Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.
It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.
This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV
It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.
Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.
“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
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The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.
In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.