What the automaker didn’t mention in the press release for the 45th Tokyo Motor Show is that 2019 will also see the introduction of a mild-hybrid system and a battery-powered EV. In the case of the 2019 Mazda3, the most likely culprit is mild hybridization in the form of a 48-volt electrical system. This piece of next-generation hardware is of utmost necessity for the all-new SkyActiv-X engine, which employs a clutched supercharger (Roots-type compressor) that provides the air needed for compression ignition.
Joining the hatchback is a “next-generation design vision model,” which presents itself as a four-door sedan with coupe-infused styling. Make no mistake about it, that’s our first glimpse of the 2020 Mazda6. Rumored to make the switch to rear-wheel-drive thanks to a Toyota-developed platform, the next Mazda6 won’t be the first to get the Kodo Design 2 design language.
That would be the 2019 Mazda3, as confirmed by the Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 timeline covered by autoevolution in a previous story. Joining the two concepts on stage will be the all-new CX-8 crossover, the updated MX-5 RF, and two special editions of the Demio (Mazda2) and MX-5 Miata (soft top).
In stark contrast to previous reports on Mazda’s presence at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the automaker doesn’t mention anything about the evolution of the RX-Vision Concept. Nevertheless, Mazda confirmed that it’s working hard on the SkyActiv-R rotary engine, which will see at least two applications. The first is the RX-9 sports car, and the second is a range-extended PHEV.