Is Mazda’s Kai Concept The Next Gen Mazda 3?

Mazda Kai Concept

Mazda brought its a-game to the Tokyo Motor Show, revealing first its Vision Coupe Concept and following it up with the 5-door Kai. While the Vision seems likely to remain a concept car, the Kai has the makings of a seriously sharp next gen Mazda 3.

Unlike recent versions of the popular Mazda 3, the Kai appears to take a whole new direction with regard to design. Gone are the sharp edges and frumpy, Corolla-like styling in favor of smooth, undulating body panels that draw the eye from front fascia to rear bumper. This little hot hatch is pretty sexy!

The elongated front-end is joined with a steeply raked windshield and accentuated by a u-shaped grill that cuts back into deep-set headlamps. A two-paned glass roof with blacked out rear spoiler adds sophistication and the wide rear-end sports a dual exhaust and aggressive tail lamps. The stance is low and mean.

The concept’s super thin side mirrors and oversized wheels are not likely to carry over to a production model, the same is true for the retractable door handles, but overall the Kai Concept has next gen Mazda 3 written all over it.

The Kai concept rides on Mazda’s unibody, Skyactiv vehicle architecture which is designed to disperse impact energy and improve driving dynamics. The vehicle is driven by Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X Engine which Mazda claims provides the fuel economy, torque, and acceleration of a diesel engine while burning regular fuel.

Company execs have announced plans to launch a production vehicle utilizing Skyactiv-X engine technology in 2019 and the Kai Concept seems the perfect candidate. We don’t know about you, but we would love to see this hot hatch hit the road soon!