Technically, the Mazda concept vehicle that will be unveiled in New York, this week, is staging its North American, rather than global debut. Known as the Takerei, it was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, last autumn. But Mazda had little to say about the prototype back then, except to note the name – in Japanese – means “male.”
The maker is revealing a bit more as it prepares for the NYIAS unveiling – although it’s still keeping a few secrets. Most significantly, it describes Takerei as “a vehicle of mid-size sedan proportions.” And considering that Mazda is preparing to update its aging Mazda6 model, it seems reasonably likely that the concept will soon reappear in production trim – or at least heavily influence the upcoming Mazda6 replacement.
Meanwhile, the other significant detail is that the Takerei concept is powered by Mazda’s new SkyActiv-D diesel powertrain.