UPDATE: More eye-slicing pictures added into the gallery.

The people of North America can finally get a good look at Mazda’s Takeri Concept, which made its debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The last time we saw it was at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

Takeri is the third interpretation of the Kodo (or Soul of Motion) and is an evolution of the Shinari concept. The Kodo design has also spawned the Minagi concept, which went on to become the Mazda CX-5. So what you see here may just appear on the road in the very near future.

The name, Takeri, is derived from the Japanese word meaning ‘male’, which matches the vehicle’s masculinity. The Kodo elements are easily identifiable – sharp five-point grille, chiseled front fascia, pronounced and sword-sharp bodylines. It is as if Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s Design Chief, has taken the katana and carved out this car from a block of metal. Stunning.

It is all about purposeful simplicity when talking about Takeri’s interior. Satin chrome is used selectively and intelligently throughout the mostly-black instrument panel. The control dials, door panels, in-dash navigation, three-spoke steering wheel give off a soft metallic sheen especially when struck by natural light. Racing-inspired paddle shifters, allow pedals and ceramic-white leather seats completes the sporty ambitions of the brand.

Takeri is the first concept vehicle to feature the SkyActiv-D diesel engine. If you don’t know already, SkyActiv Technology is Mazda’s all-encompassing term that focuses developing affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles without culling performance and the joy of driving.

This concept car gets the SkyActiv royal flush – transmission, engine, body and chassis. The ace in this is the SkyActiv-D 2.2 litre clean diesel engine that is said to be lighter than the current MZR-CD 2.2 litre diesel by 10%, reduces internal friction by 20% and improves fuel economy by 20%.

No official numbers but Mazda said that the SkyActiv-D uses a two-stage turbocharger that punches power across the engine range up to 5,200 rpm. It also boats the world’s lowest compression ratio for a diesel engine at 14.0:1, which makes the diesel burn cleaner with less NOx discharge. In fact, it produces virtually no soot, thus requires to NOx aftertreatments needed by conventional engines.

Two more fuel-saving technologies make its way into the Takeri, the ‘i-stop’ idling stop system and the ‘i-ELOOP’ regenerative braking system.

The i-stop clocks the world’s fastest diesel engine restart at 0.4 seconds. While the rest of the world’s stop-start system require two engine cycles, the i-stop uses only a single cycle by way of carefully positioning the pistons as the engine halts. Mazda says it results in smoother acceleration and significant improvement in stop-and-go fuel economy. This system is already available in cars sold in Japan, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

i-ELOOP gets its name from ‘Intelligent Energy Loop’ and it is the world’s first capacitor-based regenerative braking system. The basic idea is that the kinetic energy of a decelerating vehicle is converted into electricity by way of an electric motor or alternator, which will then by typically stored in a dedicated battery.

Mazda’s i-ELOOP, however, uses a capacitor, which temporarily stores large volume of electricity and avoids the need for a dedicated motor and battery. The transformation uses a 12-25V variable voltage alternator, a low-resistance electric double layer capacitor and a DC-to-DC converter to get the job done. Mazda’s system uses the freshly converted energy to power climate control, audio systems and other electrical components. The i-ELOOP will be introduced into Mazda vehicles starting 2012.

If the pictures are anything to go by, the Takeri is one of the most stunning car designs to come out of Japan in recent years. Then again, Mazda have always known to add a lot of Zoom-Zoom in their car designs.