Status: Redesign

Release Date: Sometime in 2019

Earlier this year, Mazda announced its success in developing a homogenous-charge combustion-ignition engine, a feat previously attempted by several rival automakers. Mazda’s version (known as Skyactiv-X) is supercharged, expected to reduce fuel consumption by about 30 percent, and projected for availability in about two years. At the time, Mazda was coy about worthy vehicle possibilities, but now we have our answer — the Kai concept revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, which is expected to become the next Mazda3 hatchback. The Kai is a stunning example of the brand’s Kodo design language, and we can’t wait until it hits the streets.