The Mazda RX-Vision was presented last year, during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and it gave hope that the Mazda RX line will be resurrected with the company's much-awaited comeback to the rotary engine. With reports saying that the new Mazda RX-9 will arrive at 2019, aficionados are going crazy waiting for this car.
Then again, Mazda might want us to get a glimpse of the future RX line through the next iteration of the Mazda 3.
Mazda 3 Inspired By RX-Vision
The current generation of the Mazda 3 entered production in 2013 and rumours had it that Mazda will skip its mid-cycle revamp and grace consumers with a new generation vehicle that will take inspiration from the RX-Vision. Mazda 3 is only the start and more vehicles from the company’s lineup will be inspired by the concept.
"The RX-Vision is a breakthrough in Mazda design. We wanted to expand and capture more wow factor before the RX line launches. We wanted to generate an emotional reaction from the public. So this design direction will inspire the future Mazda lineup, such as the next Mazda 3" Julien Montousse design director of Mazda North America, said.
The design of the RX-Vision reflects Mazda history at its best and it is expected that the next-generation Mazda 3 would do that too. The RX-Vision has the proportions of a sports car with its wide and low body and short overhangs. These elements combine with a total lowered ride height has been possible thanks to the compact dimensions and low weight of the new generation rotary SKYACTIV-R engine.
The design of this concept Mazda aimed to remove all the car's accessories and leave only the essentials, in order to create the dynamic tension and atmosphere of driving a true beast of a car. Mazda introduced reflexes that transmit sensations of movement. The interior is simple and elegant with genuine leather upholstery.
Carbuzz has made a digital recreation for fans to imagine how the next generation Mazda 3 will look like. Click here to see.
What's All The Fuss? The Rotary Engine
With the aim of creating a supercar, Mazda went back to the drawing board and developed the SKYACTIV-G gasoline and SKYACTIV-D diesel engine from scratch. But they also continued studying and developing the rotary engine - their trademark engine ever since, although production of the RX-8 ceased in 2012.
This new generation rotary engine has been dubbed Skyactive-R, a name that represents the formal commitment of the brand to apply the most advanced technologies and the same aspirations that have made the SKYACTIV technology possible. With this new technology, Mazda can get revolutionary improvements in three key aspects of rotary engines: consumption, emissions and reliability.