Mazda is looking as far ahead as 2020 with its dramatic-looking Nagare concept, unveiled at the LA motor show this week.
However it could pave the way for a new RX-7 sports car long before then, according to new design boss Laurens van den Acker.
'It would be a great inspiration for an RX-7,' he said, pointing to the RX-8-style flared wheelarches and the fact that it is theoretically powered by the same rotary engine that's available in the four-seater coupe.
The Nagare – Japanese for flow – is the first in a series of concepts set to be rolled out in the next 12 months all giving clues to Mazda’s future design direction.
This one was designed and built in California but the next one, to be shown at Detroit in January, is the work of the company’s Japanese design studio and is billed as a car that could emerge in the next decade. The third, set for unveiling at the Geneva show in March, gives clues to a near-future production car – expected to be the new Mazda 2 supermini.
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