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Mike Stevens | Oct, 25 2011 | 5 Comments


This is the Mazda Takeri concept, but you can call it the new Mazda6. It will make its global debut at December's Tokyo Motor Show, ahead of a late 2012 or early 2013 production debut.

The Japanese carmaker's latest concept is described as "Mazda's next-generation midsize sedan", leaving little doubt as to its position in the brand's future line-up.

Taking its lead from the popular Shinari concept and Mazda's new 'Kodo' design language, the Takeri is one step closer to a market-ready design while maintaining a sleek four-door coupe look.

All of the Shinari's lines are there, but the most obvious point of difference is the roof, which has been stretched to allow more rear headroom.

The front bumper's look has been softened (but not by much), and the grille, bonnet and the slightly larger headlights sit higher up on the car's face.

We can likely expected the Takeri's aggressive look to be tempered as it moves toward production. The upcoming CX-5 SUV - based on the similarly sharp Minagi concept - offers a preview of the changes we can expect.

As with the Shinari and Takeri, the Minagi SUV concept debuted on the show circuit with a more complex design before evolving into the softer - but nonetheless progressive - CX-5 production car.

Derek Jenkins, Mazda's design boss for North America - responsible for the Shinari's futuristic interior - described the brand's latest concepts as a sign of Mazda's aspirations.

"Even though we are a mainstream brand we have a customer that wants a little bit more," Jenkins told press in Milan.

"We monitor premium segments, we monitor premium trends, and the question is ultimately how can we get some of that feeling into a more affordable vehicle. We think our customer wants a little bit more sophistication."

When the Takeri hits production in the next 18 months, it will feature Mazda's new SkyActiv engine, transmission and construction technologies. Wagon and hatch versions will likely also appear - and perhaps even a new MPS variant.

After seeing the Takeri, fans won't want to hear "no Mazda6 MPS" for a second time.

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