Mazda RX-Vision Concept will enter into production before 2020 


Following a lot of speculations that Mazda’s sports-car would present a rotary engine, a Mazda executive has cleared the waves of uncertainties by affirming that Mazda RX-Vision Concept will enter into production before 2020. The RX-Vision Concept provides a peek into the future trend of Mazda’s KODO design ethos. It comes as a two-door, front-engine, two-seat and rear-drive concept.

The Mazda’s executive who goes by the name of Matsuhiro Tanaka confirmed that the new design concept would be an evolution of the RX Concept theme. He said the new rotary sports-car is scheduled to coincide with the company’s 100th anniversary in 2020. Given that the rotary motor was a staple of Mazda’s lineup in the past years, this one would be an appropriate gesture to Mazda’s history.

Mazda RX-Vision Concept front

Mazda RX-Vision Concept – Dimension and Design

The Mazda RX-Vision Concept measures 172.8 inches long, 45.7 inches high and 75.8 inches wide. Its proportions seem to tickle the memories of such alluring vehicles as Jaguar F-Type Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG GT S. Although the RX-Vision is shorter in length, its wheelbase is drawn-out to 106.3 inches. That is almost three inches longer than GT S’s 103.5 inches.

The RX Vision has short overhangs which add to its long, lean and low efficiency. This is also complemented by a set of 20-inch wheels that augment the car’s impeccable aesthetic embodiment. The Mazda aims to craft an RX-Vision Concept that shaves away all but keeps the essentials. The maker bestows upon it a distinctive shade of red paint, so it accentuates the “light and shadow” contrast conveyed by the car’s shape.

Interior Components

The interior of the Mazda RX-Vision Concept highlights the classic sports-car design philosophy. The cabin is uncluttered and straightforward and includes a variety of components like the instruments, shifter, steering wheel and much more. All interior elements are functional yet stylish, abolishing the need for low-cost gimmickry.

The cabin gets trimmed in pure black and red with some silver metal accents. The presence of a shifter indicates that the car comes with a manual transmission. The interior images of our initial right-hand-drive RX Vision concept do not show a clutch pedal.

Mazda RX-Vision Concept interior

Mazda RX-Vision Concept – Engine and Transmission

The Mazda RX-Vision Concept is availed as a host body for the next-gen SKYACTIV-R rotary motor, which is located beneath its protracted, low hood. The Mazda says without the compact dimensions of the engine, the RX Vision Concept’s hood-line would be challenging to implement.

The Wankel rotary motor uses a triangular rotor in compressing the air-fuel mixture, igniting and expelling it. This engine is compact, light and has what it takes to rev to heavens. However, it is a bit light on torque and has sealing problems as well as middling fuel economy. For instance, the engine has poor efficiency, reliability, and emissions.

The Mazda has tried to compensate for the engine’s shortcomings, particularly the lack of torque. The company plans to add partial electrification so that it can provide the low-end grunt. But Tanaka believes that rotary adherents would want a pure, non-electrified motor. So, expect this to arrive first then partial electrification should follow suit in the future.

Mazda RX-Vision Concept rear

Mazda RX-Vision Concept – Expected Arrival and Price

According to Matsuhiro Tanaka, the high-revving rotary Mazda RX-Vision Concept is still under development and will be headed for showrooms in 2020.

While we hope its value stays in Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang’s realm, this might not be the case. The reason is that the production version of the Mazda RX-Vision Concept is priced in line with the Corvette, its passionate rival.

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  1. So you say that the steering wheel is located inside the cabin? Next to the instruments, even? What an exciting moment in automotive aesthetic. It’s a fine time to be alive!

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