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CAR NEWS: Mazda at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show

As we prepare ourselves mentally, and physically, for the trip to Japan to cover what is arguably the most important Asian auto show, our enthusiasm level grows. A large number of Japanese car manufacturers are slowly but surely dropping hints as to what we can expect once there.

Mazda’s going to be keeping us busy with a number of unveilings. Not only will we get to see a technical exhibition starring the new SkyActiv-X series of engines but there will be two concept cars that will point in the direction of not only the brand’s future design language, but towards two new forthcoming cars.

The two images floating about on the web have only two things in common: They sport more than two doors and look sleek as all heck.

The 5-door hatchback seems to tell the story of the next generation Mazda3. The Mazda3 was launched back in 2003 and immediately turned into a global success story. The current car was introduced in 2013 as a 2014 so we might be looking at the next generation Familia/323/Mazda3. A new version of the 3 comes out every 5 years so this could the 2019 car.

The other concept is dubbed “next-generation Design Vision model” by Mazda. Back in 2015, they unveiled the RX-Vision, or nothing short of a proper future 2-door RX car replacement. This time, the Vision features four doors which leads us to think that an RX-8 replacement is more likely than an RX-7.

Names for this new car vary between RX-7 and RX-9 but neither can be confirmed. An RX-9 was produced by Mazda in the late 70s and for this reason, we don’t think Mazda will use the name again. Likewise, an RX-7 can only be a 2-door sports car and we think the RX-8 name is essentially done. We’ll know soon enough!

Mazda’s press conference will take place on the 25th of October, day 1 of two press days. Make sure you check back with us for show coverage.

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