This Seductive Mazda Vision Coupe Concept Will Leave you Wanting More
Recognizable, but Far From Ordinary
Published November 5, 2017
Mazda takes its design very seriously. After all, design has had a profound effect on its stable business model for the past decade, by gripping buyers and giving them that additional value everyone talks about these days. It’s no wonder, then, that they have revealed a stunning piece of craftsmanship in Tokyo. This is the four-door Mazda Vision Coupe Concept, and it is, quite possibly, the most elegant piece of automotive design we’ll see this year.
It takes its styling cues from the equally impressive RX-Vision we saw in 2015 but has now been adapted to the four-door form. The Vision Coupe Concept wants to flirt its way into an upper class where it will compete with something like the Audi A5 Sportback.
An elongated bonnet, simple, uninterrupted lines, and striking front and back lights which draw inspiration from the latest Mazda cars give this concept a rather glamorous and prestigious aura. It’s not like the rest of Mazda’s lineup is an eyesore or anything, but the Mazda Vision Coupe Concept revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show definitely makes a rather fine top-end addition.
The Mazda Vision Coupe Concept Revolutionizes the Kodo Design Language
I can see this car as an extreme interpretation of the Mazda Kodo design language. While it does feature striking similarities with the Mazda cars of today, it also makes its case by modernizing their most notable elements. Note the headlights and the taillights. While the rear lights draw the mind towards the Mazda MX-5, they are actually quite different and finely modernized to give us a distinct feeling of improvement.
Simple, yet powerful lines adorn the front end as well. However, I find the sides and very small windows to be the most outstanding features. They follow the “coupeish” lines of the roof, although they are a number too small for a car like this. That is, however, what all successful four-door coupe-like cars have to have. It’s quite beautiful.
The Interior is an Elegant Celebration of Simplicity
Mazda designers definitely insisted heavily on simplicity. Check out the inside. Meticulously-designed seats cocooned with a dark brown theme invite a classy ambiance, while also leaning heavily toward sportiness. This is further showcased by a high center stack, manual-transmission-looking lever in the middle and a simple three-spoke steering wheel. As far as simplicity goes, the inside of the Vision Coupe Concept accurately portrays this motif. This, as far as Mazda designers are concerned, comes into play with a strong connection to the traditional Japanese architecture concept of ma (literally – a concept of “space”). Designers wanted to enclose the occupants in an airy ambiance without any sense of confinement.
That said, Mazda interior designers had to follow another important Japanese tradition called Jinba-ittai. In short, they wanted to make the driver the centerpiece of the car. To create a bond like that seen between a horse and its rider. Because of that, everything in the cabin is symmetrical. In plain English, steering is in the middle, with all the other commands moved to the right and left. Also, they minimized the space between the driver and the vehicle thus creating an even more intimate link between human and machine. This “allowed the driver to operate the car intuitively, as though it were an extension of his or her own body.”
The Mazda Vision Coupe Concept Comes Loaded with Tech
Finally, the car features all the hardware one could expect to see in a car of today. However, the infotainment system is accessed via a centrally stacked display. When it comes to this display, though, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
“This model features a see-through screen developed by Mazda; it functions as a display only at those times when it is required, creating an interior space with perfect visibility for the driver’s needs.”
The Vision Coupe Concept provides a look into the rather classy future of Mazda cars. Whether this car makes it to production or not, we’d very much like to see some of these features on future generations of Mazda’s offerings.