Mazda 6


The newest installment of the Mazda6 has been unveiled, and it’s certainly looking a little rough, but of course, a lot of that has to do with it being so early in development. As it is a concept, it doesn’t look spectacular, but we can generally expect the midsize sedan to be quite a bit more polished later on, as it should favor the Takeri concept that debuted during the Tokyo Auto Show in 2011.
And more on that point – we thought that the athletic rear and front haunches of the Takeri concept to be spectacular. We also liked the squinty headlights and the center grill. It should be said that the Takeri isn’t exactly the direction that Mazda is trying to go as far as the sports coupes are concerned, but it’s easily inferable that Mazda is making efforts in design implementation for the masses.
SkyActiv and i-ELOOP
Expect the Mazda6 to arrive in mid-2013 (for the 2014 model year).
SkyActiv and i-ELOOP
This is a prototype that does have a smaller rear overhang than the current 6, and there are some other differences, as well. For instance, on the C-pillar, there is a second side window. It doesn’t end there, either, as it does boast some pretty nice looking alloy wheels that make it really stand out, but the wheel wells really left something to be desired here. For example, we weren’t too thrilled with the design of them. It just showed that it still has a lot to go here, and while we understand that it is just a prototype – it was underwhelming, to say the least.
Moving along, there definitely are some things that we really loved here, especially when it comes to the things that you don’t see. We do know that the new version of the Mazda6 will ride on a new SkyActiv chassis, which has some benefits in and of itself. It’ll have sharper handling and better fuel economy with this implementation, thanks in part to the new chassis being stronger and lighter than the previous one. The engine here also presents a few things that can get Mazda6 fans to salivate.
There’s word that you have a choice of three 4-clyinder engines, ranging from a somewhat paltry 2.0-liter, a 2.5-liter, and a behemoth in a 2.2-liter diesel. Also, as far as our speculation goes, you may have the choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic, which only makes us more impressed with the SkyActiv engines used in the Mazda3, as they’ll be ported to the Mazda6.
Last but not least, you have the i-ELOOP system and it’s stop/start system. The i-ELOOP system is a regenerative braking system, which uses the car’s energy (stored in a capacitor) instead of the battery. The energy actually presents power to all of the electrical components in the vehicle, which at the very least, is something that’s pretty cool and definitely innovative.
You can expect for the Mazda6 to be available around mid-2013, just in time for the 2014 model year.


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