Positioned up front is a new RENESIS rotary engine dubbed the 16X, a twin rotor unit sending drive to the rear wheels that features a longer stroke and a larger displacement 1.6L (800cc x 2) design. The new design is said to raise the thermal efficiency and torque levels at all engine speeds and, with a new direct injection system and lightweight aluminum side housing, will also reduce fuel consumption.
Mazda’s other highlights for the Tokyo Show will be the recently revealed Mazda6 (dubbed the Atenza in Japan), the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid and the carmaker’s next-generation powertrains, safety features and environmental technologies.
It’s a welcome change to see a carmaker finally reveal a true concept instead of the regular pre-production 'concepts' we're normally subjected to. Though we're sure no production Mazda will ever look like this for some time, the concept shows that there are exciting things happening in Mazda's design studios and we only have to look at cars like the stunning new Mazda6 to see the results.