Mazda today unveiled the RX-Vision concept car at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and it points to the return of the rotary engine. The low-slung sports car is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, two-seat coupe that showcases the latest version of Mazda’s Kodo design language.
Kodo design eschews character lines for sculpted surfaces that create reflections that suggest motion. To show off these reflections, Mazda’s display uses very little light that often highlights only certain aspects of the car. That’s cool from a design standpoint, but it makes it hard to show every curve and line in pictures. You can see, however, that the car’s low, wide stance, long hood, short rear deck, and pushed back cabin make it immediately recognizable as a sports car. Mazda says the hood sits low thanks to the packaging efficiency of the rotary engine. The wheelbase is 106 inches long and overall length is about 173 inches.
Inside, the RX-Vision has a cockpit feel with leather trim in a saddle motif. The pronounced center tunnel hints at a sturdy structure with a central backbone.