Geneva Show: Mazda’s RX-Vision, Honda’s new Civic, Peugeot/Citroen’s minivanPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 11 February 2016
MAZDA will deliver European premieres of its Mazda RX-VISION concept (main pic) and a fun, new low-emission Mazda3 in combination with the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 clean diesel at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
The rotary powered RX-VISION concept puts a stunning new form to Mazda’s illustrious heritage of rotary powered sports cars and took out the “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year” at the recent Festival Automobile International in France.
The SKYACTIV-D 1.5-powered Mazda3, adds a new dimension to the award-winning compact with the most fuel-efficient version of Mazda’s all-time bestselling model ever offered in Europe.
The latest edition of the lightweight powerplant boasts a faster, more linear engine response to accelerator input as well as new dynamic dampers built into each piston for a smoother, quieter engine, the company says.
Unveiled in Geneva in 2014, the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 was thus far available for the Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3.
Honda is set to unveil a new Civic hatchback concept in Geneva. It released a teaser of the concept showing the rear of the prototype which will be unveiled on March 1.
A European launch is tagged for early 2017 with the “all-new” hatchback to produced in the UK and exported to global markets.
Honda will also demonstrate a new design concept of the popular Jazz. The concept seeks to highlight the potential for customising the Jazz.
PSA Peugeot Citroen has detailed its van project that was co-developed with Toyota ahead of its official debut at Geneva.
In Europe, the trio will be sold as a Peugeot Traveller, Citroen Spacetourer and a Toyota Proace from the first half of 2016, shortly after their Geneva unveiling.
So far the three car-makers have shown images of the passenger van version, but there will also be light-commercial vehicle, shuttle and ‘combi’ variants down the track.
European-spec vans from the three brands will share powertrains, of which there are five diesel BlueHDi units ranging in power from 70kW (93hp) to 132kW.
It is built on a version of the EMP2 platform that underpins the Peugeot 308 and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and will be available in standard or long-wheelbase guise, with three choices for overall length including the XS (4600mm), M (4950mm) and XL (5300mm).
Depending on the variant, luggage space ranges from 1978 litres to 1932L with five seats in place and upright.
Depending on specification levels, the vans will feature a 7.0-inch tablet, housing multimedia functions, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity, a head-up display, park assist, a smart beam headlight function and a 3D Connect Nav system.
Available active safety kit includes lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, road-sign recognition, driver fatigue alert, active cruise control and a collision alert system.
PSA Peugeot Citroen head of programme and strategy Patrice Lucas said the co-development with Toyota has helped create a competitive offering in the van segment.
“We are delighted to present today these three new vehicles, the result of the co-operation with Toyota Motor Europe,” he said. “This agreement has enabled us to develop a new and efficient vehicle platform, offering our customers around the world modern products which are particularly competitive in their segment.”