Two Asian carmakers with aspirations of becoming bigger players in the US market have revealed details of new flagship sedans.
The first is from Kia and is internally codenamed KH and will be the company’s first rear-wheel drive sedan.
With no plans to launch the vehicle in Europe, this car will take on machinery from Lexus, Hyundai, Infiniti as well as the Europeans and domestic products in the US.
With its bolder new design language, the new Kia sedan will feature a bold front-end with the familiar radiator grille flanked by sleek headlamps.
The KH profile has a simple side character line to give a feeling of spaciousness while emphasizing the new image. The high-tech rear lamp clusters with bold chrome accent a sophisticated rear view.
Meanwhile, Mazda is continuing to point towards its future large sedan offering with the Takeri concept. First seen at the Tokyo auto show, it will be seen in Europe for the first time at next month’s Geneva International Auto Show. The Takeri is the latest concept to adopt Mazda’s ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme and is said to bring a new level of strength to sedan styling.
While not as big as Kia’s KH sedan, the Takeri offers a taste of the future direction of Mazda’s next-generation CD-segment sedan, further developing the earlier Mazda Shinari concept, which was a four-door sports coupe concept shown at Geneva last year.
Takeri features Mazda’s new Skyactiv-D diesel engine with a fuel-saving ‘i-stop’ system and six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission.
The Takeri aims for the energy efficiency without compromising Mazdas fun-to-drive performance and handling. It is the first Mazda to be equipped with i-ELOOP – short for “Intelligent Energy Loop”. This is a regenerative braking system that converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration and stores it in a double-layer capacitor. The power is used to run the vehicle’s electric components, thereby reducing the load on the engine and increasing fuel economy by up to 10 percent. This contributes to the Mazda Takeri’s outstanding fuel economy, which is achieved at no sacrifice to performance or comfort.