Mazda has used the Tokyo Motor Show to hint at the brand’s future styling plans, this time with a svelte four-door coupe simply called the Vision Coupe.
Following on from the attention-grabbing RX-Vision coupe that debuted two years earlier at the same show, the Vision Coupe concept points to a more practical four-door sports car.
Rather than a reborn RX-8 the Vision Coupe instead demonstrates the more minimalist direction that Mazda’s evolving Kodo design language will take in the future.
According to a press release the Vision Coupe’s new styling “opts instead for a simple form that strips away all non-essential elements to embody a ‘less is more’ aesthetic.”
While earlier versions of the Kodo design language took inspiration from the musculature and athleticism of animals, Mazda designers have this time looked to traditional Japanese culture, taking inspiration from things like Samurai swords.
Mazda says the four-door concept draws its inspiration from classic models of the brand’s past including the R360 Coupe and the Luce Rotary Coupe by being a well proportioned coupe using the ‘golden ratio’ design concept.
No details have been revealed about a potential drivetrain for the concept, nor has the Vision Coupe been suggested as a potential future production model, although as Mazda pushes for a more premium position amongst mainstream automotive brands a sharply styled four-door coupe could be a successful image leader for the company.