In 2006, the Japanese automaker Mazda revealed their concept car, called the Mazda Kabura at the North American International Auto Show.
At the North American International Auto Show in 2006, Mazda revealed their concept vehicle, called the Mazda Kabura, a sport compact vehicle exhibiting the styling cues and technologies supposed to introduce in production models. The chief designer of the vehicle was the Mazda’s North American design Chief Franz von Holzhausen who had also designed the Audi TT and Pontiac Solstice.
Technically, the Kabura is a front-engined, rear-wheel drive system identical to the Mazda MX-5 and Mazda RX-8. The styling cues are identical to the Mazda RX-8 and the axed Mazda MX-3. Contrary to the typical 2+2 arrangement, the Kabura features an uncommon 3+1 layout, offering more spacious interior than a conventional coupe and that too without any extension in size or weight. The passenger seats tend to fold flat on the floor so as to increase the cargo space.
The term ‘Kabura’ is derived from the Japanese ‘kabura-ya’ which has some historical illustration. In Japanese, this term is used to refer to an arrow making howling sound when fired. It was used in past as signal to begin the battle. The name of the vehicle in this way refers to the Mazda’s quest for exclusive styling theme and technologies including rotary engine. The Kabura is marked as the first 21st century compact coupe from Mazda. Although, Mazda has no intentions of putting Kabura into production, the design certainly has something innovative to execute in the production version.
This rear-wheel design receives power from a 2.0-L Mazda’s MZR DOHC 16-valve unit. On the front it features 245/35R19 Bridgestone Potenza tires while on the rear it uses 245/35R20 tires. Most of its components are shared with the MX-5 and it is placed between the MX-3 and RX-8 models.
The exterior of the Kabura is nothing less than a reminding of classical coupes. It has prominent wheel arches and taut surfaces. On its front, the windshield and the front portion of the roof are molded into one seamless glass surface extended from cowl to B-pillar. There is present adjustable tinting above the glass so as to allow the driver to adjust the opacity of the roof with the help of a knob.
A two-piece glass hatch is situated just behind the B-pillar. The uppermost glass panel acts like a roof spoiler when it is pivoted-up through an electric motor. This not only expands the headroom for rear passenger but also perform the function of vent in the interior. The temperature of the interior is regulated by the photovoltaic solar cell present in the panel. This photovoltaic cell also helps recharging the battery to supply power to different equipments.
The Kabura features a matchless 3+1 layout that offers relaxing seating arrangement for one/two tandem passengers beside driver’s seat, while the fourth jump seat is also available at the back of driver’s seat.
The jump seat can be accessed through the driver’s door. An asymmetrical arrangement is used intentionally on the other side. The glovebox is dropped and the size of instrumental panel is reduced so as to offer the front passenger seat six-inches ahead of the driver’s seat, eventually increasing the room for the passenger sitting at the back as well. There is also present a secondary passenger side-door to offer easy access to the rear seats. A button can be used to slide the rear door back into the cavity grooved into a rear-quarter panel area.
A regenerated leather substrate is used in the Kabura’s interior. This leather substrate is got from the post-industrial waste collected from the production of Nike brand athletic shoes.