• Jul 20, 2007
click above image to view more shots of the 2008 Mazda6 partially uncovered

Though spy shots of the 2008 Mazda6 have been snapped before, the automaker has done a good job obscuring the car's new shape from the camera's lens... until now. Chris Doane has managed to track down a production prototype wearing little camo that reveals exactly what Mazda has planned for the new 6. Clearly a bigger car than the current model, the new 6 should be about two inches longer with a similar stretch in its wheelbase. It appears the car's new front clip features larger headlights and a grille that plunges down the front bumper above another long lower air intake. Doane also managed to snap a view of the interior, which looks very high-tech with its hard lines and edges. It reminds us of the inner dwellings of an RX-8, in fact.

Priddy tells us that the new Mazda6 is expected to be motivated by Ford's now ubiquitous 3.5L V6, and there'll be a 180-horsepower 4-cylinder model, as well. Of course, MazdaSpeed will eventually debut its own hyper kinetic version, and a hybrid is also in the works.

Check out all our shots of the V6 Mazda6 in the gallery below, and you can take a peek of the 4-cylinder model over at Winding Road.

[Photos: Chris Doane / Brenda Priddy & Co.]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like an Acura front end to me...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looks similar, yea. But this is the next gen Mazda6.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 6 is still a good looking sedan today, better than many brand new designs currently on the market. I’m interested in the fact they will be adding AWD as a regular option and what it would mean for the MS version. Not a car in Mazda’s lineup (except the rebadged Ford Escape and truck) that doesn’t appeal to me in some way. Now if they would just make the Kabura.
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the sedan will come in 2.5L four, 3.5L V6, Mazdaspeed turbo, and hybrid versions. Will there be 5-door hatch and wagon variants?
      • 7 Years Ago
      So if the base V6 will be the 3.5 with 260 HP, then does that mean the Mazdaspeed version will be a Twinforce 3.5 with 400 HP? I sure hope so :).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Awww no 400 HP Twinforce? Drat.
        • 7 Years Ago
        3.7V6 300hp 6 speed stick + haldex.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This doesn't look as low or as sleek as the original Mazda6.

      It just looks fat and bulky. Ugh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm excited to see the wagon variant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm also looking forward to the wagon variant with the updated V6. Wonder how long it will take for it to show up on dealer lots after the initial release of the sedan?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Also forgot to mention no 5 door variant this time either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You guys are forgetting the most important thing, which is that Chris Doane is the man.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Should be quite bitchin. The outgoing model had a lot going for it, but lacked a certain degree of refinement especially in the powertrain. If mazda figures out how to shoehorn some big engines in there while keeping that light-on-its-toes feel, they could have a winner on their hands. Also, for the Mazdaspeed variant, I wouldn't be surprised to see the 2008 CX-9 3.7L engine with its wick turned up. Now that would be a serious runner!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I didn't say I knew anything, I was just speculating.
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 7 Years Ago
      You're wrong chris, that was an Altima sedan, not coupe, behind it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is being benchmarked by the altima but that does not mean that its the only car. There is probably an accord and a camry somewhere off camera.

      That grill is too damn big and pointy. Huge grills are cool when they are rectagular, but that hage arrow on the nose is distracting.

      +1 for the boring interior.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's possible this may be our first chance to experience the Ford Duratec 35 with a manual, correct? Even with an automatic Mazda's transmissions allow for sportier driving. Sounds like zoom-zoom to me. Maybe the Mazdaspeed6 can use the Ford 3.5L GTDI engine; good for 350hp I'd estimate.

      I'm liking it. Long live the tunnel gauges!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not for nothing, but this smacks of Acura TL. Identical pentagon grille with "wings" coming off the centered emblem, nearly identical DLO, similar upper-dashboard layout (minus the screen), similar IP.

      It started to really bother me, so I did a quick exercise.
      Look at the rear 3/4 spy shot above.
      Here's a press photo of the TL rotated about 20°:
      http://www.flanaganid.com/tl_new6_1.jpg

      And here's the shot of the TL overlaid on top of the spy shot:
      http://www.flanaganid.com/tl_new6_2.jpg

      Maybe I missed something and they're using a modified TL mule, but there are very few places where you can clearly see a difference, most notable in the taillights and depth of the rear bumper.
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