Mazda Takeri Concept

Click to enlarge
Mazda Takeri concept.

Mazda Takeri concept.

1 of 2
Made in Japan; 3.5-litre V6 petrol with twin electric motors; 225kW; 7-speed double-clutch auto, four-wheel drive; approx 1,400kg.

Made in Japan; 3.5-litre V6 petrol with twin electric motors; 225kW; 7-speed double-clutch auto, four-wheel drive; approx 1,400kg.

2 of 2

Many concept cars steal the limelight with outrageous performance claims, impractical lines or interiors that suggest a very different future. Not so Mazda’s Takeri concept, which has proven a huge hit despite being a fairly conventional four-door with a petrol engine and automatic transmission. You see, Mazda believes internal combustion engines will dominate beyond the forseeable future and still offer much potential for development before hybrids or electrics gain the upper hand.

The Takeri is a showcase for the Japanese maker’s new ‘Kodo’ or ‘Soul of Motion’ design language. It has already influenced the fluid, athletic styling of Mazda’s latest production model, the popular CX-5. And the Takeri will also clearly guide the design of the next Mazda6 sedan, due next year.

All these cars benefit from the adoption of ‘SkyActiv’ technology, Mazda’s umbrella term for greater power-train efficiency, range-wide weight reductions (averaging 100kg per vehicle) and performance gains for petrol and diesel engines. SkyActiv promises to convert every scrap of energy into spirited driving with hybrid-like efficiency. The Takeri was first to employ i-stop, Mazda’s super-clean stop-start system, and also features a unique regenerative braking system called i-ELOOP.

What makes the graceful Takeri so striking is its pleasing ‘harbour bridge’ profile: the uninterrupted flow of the long roofline and the gentle sweep of character lines through the bodyside. You could almost call it limousine-like thanks to the length of the bonnet, the extended wheelbase and minimal overhangs. It’s a fluid, dynamic shape with beauty in its proportions and effortless blending in its features. Note the way those sleek light clusters at each corner meld into both the bodywork and brightwork. As a deliberate contrast, slimline, silver wing mirrors, each housing cameras, protrude to mimic the wings of the Mazda logo.

Inside, the design team has let loose with luxury materials and contrasting colours and textures. There’s plenty of brushed aluminium and hints of the exterior colour feature on the dashboard. It’s not a production car interior but the Takeri’s emphasis on craftsmanship and its beguiling shape suggest a new level of desirability for the next generation of Mazda models.


More objects

Pixelated home

Pixelated home

The digital revolution and its pulsating colours are infiltrating almost every realm of our lives, and the homewares and furniture industries are no different.
Object of desire: io Lamp

Object of desire: io Lamp

Even if it hasn’t been produced yet, this prototype lamp by Wellington design student Josh Bruderer ticks so many boxes that we can’t help but admire it.
Flash neon bubble gum

Flash neon bubble gum

Apparent transparent; plastic fantastic; neon pink and dollops of yellow. These bathroom scenes are made to reset your colour dial. Soap bubbles are entirely optional.
Powdery marshmallows

Powdery marshmallows

Pastels and powders, friendly curves and not a sharp edge in sight. Whatever you do… keep these away from the bonfire.

Most read

Capital exposure

Capital exposure

If the hospitality, real estate and cultural buzz coming from the capital for the past few months are anything to go by, 2017 might just be Wellington’s year in the spotlight.
Homes for barter

Homes for barter

Urbis chats to the co-founders of a home exchange website aimed solely at creatives about trading their highly curated abodes with perfect strangers.
Save the date: Urbis Designday 2017

Save the date: Urbis Designday 2017

Urbis Designday is back for 2017 and is better than ever. Saturday 25 March is the date to mark in your calendar to ensure you don’t miss out on this all-day event full of artistic inspiration and creative flair.