TOKYO -- Mazda will showcase future trends in drivetrain technology and exterior design with two concept cars at this this month's Tokyo auto show.
The cars, previewed in teaser shots released Tuesday, point to Mazda's production plans for its next-generation Skyactiv-X engine and the arrival of a new design language.
The first car, a next-generation product concept, deploys the Skyactiv-X engine in a compact hatchback that may foreshadow the redesigned Mazda3, due around 2018 or 2019.
The second, called the next-generation design vision, shows a new styling direction that evolves the curvy, sensuality of the Kodo design language used by Mazda since 2012.
The design concept is a rear-slung sporty car with a long hood and short rear deck. The teaser image depicts what seems like a coupe-styled sedan, in a nod to the current trend.
It gets dramatic creasing along the shoulder from the headlamps to the tail. It exudes a more taunt, technical look than the rounded muscular feel of today's Mazdas.