Mazda Motor Corp. is using the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show to reveal a new product concept vehicle that likely provides a glimpse into the next-generation Mazda3. The Japanese carmaker said the unnamed concept, which makes its worldwide debut at the show, is a compact hatchback.

The next-generation Mazda3 is expected as a 2019 model and Mazda executives hinted that the show car is a precursor. The company’s president and CEO, Masamichi Kogai, said the concept “will define a whole new generation of Mazda cars.”

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Elegant and sporty design

A teaser photo shows the roof of a shiny red car forming the top of the hatchback. The back of the hatch appears rounder than the current generation Mazda3. A second darkened rendering of the concept on Mazda’s website shows the outline of the car from front to back and the hatch’s flowing, elegant and sporty design. It also gives a glimpse of the car’s angled headlights.

The advanced styling and technology are designed to complement a “human-centered design philosophy for optimal functionality,” Mazda says.

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The concept rides on Mazda’s SKYACTIV Vehicle Architecture and features the newly announced compression ignition SKYACTIV-X engine. This diesel-like engine that burns gasoline boosts torque and fuel economy and is slated for a 2019 debut.

“Dynamic performance has been dramatically refined and next-generation design condensed to create Mazda’s ideal compact hatchback,” the automaker says. Mazda is keeping other details and specs under wraps until its reveal later this month.

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