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Mazda Kai hints at a gnarly new Mazda3

Like the production version eventually will, this concept sports Mazda's clever new Skyactiv-X engine.

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Mazda calls the Kai Concept a "more mature expression" of its current design language, and I'd be inclined to agree. 

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Many of the sharp creases found on the current body have been replaced with smooth, flowing lines

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Thanks to how far back the cabin sits, it looks fast, even though it's not moving.

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The roof has a solid-color center, with a longitudinal piece of glass above each passenger's head. 

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The headlights and taillights are slimmer and more aggressive, too.

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The steering wheel is familiar, but thinner. 

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The shifter is just that -- a straightforward shifter that doesn't fall prey to the same shift-by-wire trappings that ate other automakers whole.

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The biggest change is the infotainment system, which lives inside a tier of the dashboard, as opposed to its current "floating tablet" look.

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The Kai Concept packs Mazda's Skyactiv-X engine, which runs on gasoline but relies on a compression-ignition scheme more similar to a diesel engine. 

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In the meantime, keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of Mazda's hot hatch concept.

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