• Aug 15th 2006 at 2:37PM
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Ace spy photog Chris Doane has scored shots of the 2008 Mazda6, and they show that the next mid-size from Mazda will grow in both length and width over the current model. Check out the extended rear fender flares and raised gas gap, both both clear indicators that the 6's sheetmetal will be expanding. While it's difficult to make out a face through the front camouflage, the front end is also clearly larger. That's a good thing, as Mazda needs to make room underhood for Ford's new 250-hp, 3.5-liter V6 that will be available on the Mazda6. The platform on which the car will ride is reported to be a variant of the one underpinning the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. This lends credence to the rumor that all Mazda6 models will be available with all-wheel drive, not just the MazdaSpeed6. Expect Mazda's family sedan to still be offered in sedan, wagon and hatchback form, and a hybrid will join the group at a later date, likely after the Fusion goes semi-electric sometime in 2008.
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      • 9 Years Ago
      Mazda6 has to grow bigger because they are outsold by Camry 7:1.

      I hope they add rear headrest to sedan model. Currently it is only available to hatchback and wagon.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "the next mid-size from Mazda will grow in both length and width over the current model."

      • 9 Years Ago
      Agreed with Elliot and Ed.

      But even as a Mazda fan, I'd have to say that it might be necessary for the Mazda6 to become bigger. I say this because as it stands, a loaded Mazda3 (hatch) is far superior to a I4 Mazda6 in almost every way, including headroom. There is simply no reason for anyone to select a Mazda6 as it stands. The Mazda3 is THAT good.

      However, with the Mazda6 becoming bigger and a bit more 'luxurious', it will allow both to exist in their own niches.

      And as for how it will look, keep in mind while the normal sedan looks quite boring, the 5-door with the sports package is the real looker. I expect the same for the next-gen and as for typical Mazda handling - the CX-7 and Mazda5 both retained Zoom-zoom. This should be perfectly fine as well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why do they always have to redesign them bigger? I've already begun preparing myself in hopes that I won't cry when I read about the redesigned Mazda3. It's a ways off, so maybe I won't be as hurt by it, and it's always possible that they'll introduce an American Mazda2 for us small car fans.

      "Will grow in both length and width over the current model". Translation: HEAVY and slow just like every other box on the roads.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I too regret the news that the MZ6 is growing, and possibly loosing that great tossible feel it currently has compared to other mid-size sedans. But it was inevitable. As #12 mentioned, Mazda has to put a little more space between the 3 and the 6, both in size and price ladder. I know at least two people that were originally thinking 6 but bought a 3 instead. And if I were in the market, I'd go for the 3 as well.

      I also know from reading survey data that interior space is the main reason people who were considering a 6, rejected it.

      But the 3 is a great car and it is not any smaller than the competition, so perhaps Mazda can lay the same magic on the new 6.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I saw this car driving on Fountain in West Hollywood about a month ago. I was right next to it on my motorcycle looking at how the body panels were riveted together with "expansion joints" to extend the car. Its obviously a mule because it looked just like an exploded current model Mazda 6.

      I wish I had known this was rare and I would have tried to take pictures.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This just follows history. As American cars became increasingly larger during the '50s and '60s, Chevy added the Corvair, Chevy II, and Malibu. Ford added the Falcon, (and others), and Plymouth, the Valiant.

      The current Honda Civic is larger than the Accord was in the early 80s.

      The Mazda 3 is longer, wider, taller, and about 400 pounds heavier than my previous car, a '91 Mazda Protege.

      Mazda has offered no large sedan since the 929 and Milennia were discontinued, so a bigger Mazda 6 makes some sense. The Mazda 3 is a fairly large and capable "compact" and is a better choice than the current Mazda 6 that offers little more except for a Ford V6 option.

      My fear is that Mazdas are becoming Ford variants which might be OK for some people but a deal-killer for others--including me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm just glad they are keeping the wagon.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Mazda6 needs to grow. I choose the 3 because it offered more than the 6 at the time. The 6 only has a V6 which is really underpowered compared to others in its class. Hopefully it will be ready with the new V6 when its time for me to trade my 3 next summer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Mazda6 offers one thing the Mazda3 sedan can't besides for engine - a large enough trunk. The Mazda6 trunk can fit a bike with the wheels taken off, the Mazda3 can't. Also, the Mazda6 is quieter at speed than the Mazda3 is. I personally prefer the 6i over the 3i (which after incentives, are very close in price), but to each his or her own.
      • 9 Years Ago
      RE: Ed, Elliott

      It's an endless, vicious cycle. And it makes me sad.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm sure the guys at Toyota are on autoblog now reading this so they can start copying it for the next Camry.

      Toyota copying mazda, it's what they call, "Moving Forward"
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