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03 December 2011

Mazda's Takeri concept could be a testosterone-filled Mazda 6 in disguise

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mazda Motor Corporation 
When the Mazda Takeri made its debut at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, it came with a complete spec-sheet, which hints that this concept is just about ready to hit production. And considering its size and time of launch, we're beginning to speculate that this could be the 2013 Mazda 6 in disguise. 
Would you believe it - this four-door saloon actually runs on Mazda's Skyactiv 2.2L diesel engine, the same engine found in the CX-5. Bundled with i-STOP technology, it shuts off the engine during idle moments and re-ignites with a single compression, thus eliminating the load on the battery and starter motor. The Takeri also benefits from Mazda's unique regenerative system called i-ELOOP that should improve diving performance and fuel economy according to the brochure. Wouldn’t this imply that the Takeri's also a hybrid of some sort?
Like the CX-5, the Takeri is designed with Mazda's new “KODO - Soul of Motion” philosophy. In fact, the name 'Takeri' is derived from the Japanese word for 'male,’ which is the main inspiration for its masculine and sporty styling. 
Establishing its presence, the front is dominated by Mazda's new signature pentagonal grill with wings that stretch out to the deeply-recessed three-dimensional headlights. But what really asserts its brawn is the long swooping bonnet and large front fenders. The cabin is then positioned further back to highlight the Takeri's strong proportions, while the sloped roof gives it the silhouette of a coupe. 
Black, while, and silver color blocks are well balanced throughout the interior to achieve a very chic and modern look. The gauges, center console, and controls, on the other hand, are a bit too eccentric for the masses, but should otherwise retain the layout once it reaches production. We also see the rear captain seats being replaced by a more conventional bench in the near future.
The Mazda Takeri is actually a more composed rendition of the Shinari concept previewed in 2010. Just replace the overly-dressed side mirrors and trade the 20-inch rims for one or two sizes smaller and it's ready to hit the streets. Could this really be the 2013 Mazda 6? We sure do hope so.