• Mar 1st 2007 at 8:32AM
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When the Mazda 6 came out in 2003 it had the best driving dynamics in its class, but four years later there's more power and more size everywhere else in the segment. We got our first glimmer of hope for a new 6 last summer when we tipped you off to some photos of a Mazda 6 test mule and now it seems we've stepped up to a fully-camouflaged prototype.

The new Mazda 6 looks to be bigger and wider than the previous model. Rumor has it that the 6 will ride on the CD3-2 platform that currently underpins the Ford Mondeo and Volvo S80. Power could come from Ford's new 3.5L cyclone V6 and a 2.5L four cylinder. The vehicle should be very versatile with sedan, hatchback, and wagon variants and a hybrid may be on the way as well.

Unless you count the B-Series pickup, the Mazda 6 needs a makeover more than anything else in the zoom-zoom lineup. With Mondeo guts, the Ford 3.5, and Mazda's legendary driving dynamics, the new Mazda 6 may be quite the handful for the competition.

Thanks for the tip, Aaron!

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hot! It's sad when I thik that there are so many people who have never taken a 3, MX-5, CX-7, 5, RX-8, or 6 for a test drive and don't know what you mean by "legendary driving dynamics".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hopefully they won't add too much weight to the new model- that's one advantage of the current 6 that I'm not eager to give away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was hoping the new 6 would have decent gas mileage, but with it getting biger, probably not. Oh well...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jeez, I pray the Ford doesn't get in the way and screw this one up. Let Mazda do the development and then let Ford rebadge it into a Fusion, etc; not the other way around. I think the 500, er, Taurus is proof enough that Ford can't design a decent car to save it's life. (Perhaps that's a bit too literal!)

      There is hope being based on the Modeno but the family 3.5l engine is going to be a parasite on a likely otherwise great car (like the Ford 3.0 is now.) Hopefully Ford will let Mazda develop the 2.5 on their own. Should be a great car in that case, especially if they decide to blow it again for the MazdaSpeed version and can afford to add direct injection to the pedestrian trims.

      Please Ford, don't get in the way of Mazda continuing to have the best car line-up for us enthusiasts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it's even close to the great looking Mondeo, the 6 is going to be a sweet car!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Volvo S80 is built on the EUCD platform derived from C1, not a CD3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The GM 6t70/75 have the same ratios as the Ford version [they call it 6f50]

      Maybe the 6t40 (new malibu & 2.4) will be different.

      probably like the 6L80 & 6L50 differences
      80: 4.027, 2.364, 1.532, 1.152, 0.852, 0.667 R3.064
      50: 4.065, 2.371, 1.551, 1.157, 0.853, 0.674 R 3.2
      • 8 Years Ago
      There should be a way to re-engineer the drivetrain to give Toyota mileage, about 10% higher with same size and weight. Shame on Ford for dropping the ball on this.
      Another Toyota advantage: turning circle, by 4' or more. Exasperating to have to back and fill when other same-size vehicles make a turn first try. The Mazda3 has a tiny circle. The 6 should, too.
      Heater controls are unusable with gloves on. Textured knobs would cure that. The seatbelt catches on the power seat recliner. Dumb. Seat heater switches an afterthought under console lid. Move them to the dash with the other HVAC controls. Silver painted plastic interior bits look cheap, but they do on a BMW, too. Side mirrors should fold, as they do on the 3. Changing headlight bulbs a trial, as they are deeply recessed, and require removing other components.
      I like both my 3 and my 6, but some of the booboos are too obvious to have been missed by the designers. Shame.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The new Mondeo is based on the CD3-2 platform which is an updated version of the original Mazda6 CD3 platform (developed entirely by Mazda). So it is more correct to say that the new Mondeo has Mazda guts. Good for Ford. I think the new Volvo V70 is also based on this platform (according to magazines here in Europe).
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know about Avalon and Maxima in it... I see more of a TL design in the front than anything else. Of course, that's mostly the grill and what little I can see of the headlights.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Please be careful. Don't get all porky, and don't try to go after the Accord/Camry market. You did that in the 90's and look what happened. I like your cars, and I want to keep buying them....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hard to tell from the camo, but I think it's going to be a looker. I can't say the same for the wheels, though. They look like previous gen Passat wheels. Stop it, already! They're UGLY!
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