• Jul 31, 2007
Several prototypes for the next-gen Mazda6 have been spotted in recent months, but most were covered with enough camouflage to prevent prying eyes from catching a glimpse of the car ahead of its launch early next year. New renderings that have just been released allow us to peel away the protective camouflage, however, revealing a car that retains the sporty 'Zoom-Zoom' look of the current model.
Sharing its platform with Ford's new mid-sized Mondeo sedan, the new Mazda6 is expected to grow several inches in both length and width compared with the current model. New to the range will be a 3.5L V6 developing around 250 hp, which will likely be eclipsed by an even hotter motor, possibly turbocharged, for a new Mazdaspeed 6/MPS model a year down the road.

Though the renderings only show a sedan, the current five-door hatchback and wagon variants are also expected to continue on for the new model, though the current generation wagon and Mazdaspeed6 have been shelved for the '08 model year. Let's hope that Mazda's new weight saving initiatives that were used for the new Mazda2 will also be applied for the six.

[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a camry!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow this is a major step backwards for Mazda. The previous 6 and 3 designs were pushing the rest of the industry and this is following. I see honda and toyota influences all over this and that's not at all good. The backend looks like a Solara which might be one of the ugliest cars ever designed. Mazda started to form a niche where you could get japanese utility with european design. They are losing that if the 6 ends up looking anything like this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To my Mazda lovin' eyes the front seems great but the back smacks of a Solara. Let's just hope all the driving dynamics survive the exta girth......(forced induction v6 anyone?)
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sure hope this is wrong. The back end screams Toyota...a mix of the Solara and Avalon...both being hideous cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Everyone in the last few weeks keeps printing 3.5l. Dont be surprised when this hits the ground with the 3.7l that will also be(confirmed already) in the CX-9 next year
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazda has been consistently putting out fresh, clean, and interesting designs (besides the concept cars, look at the Mazda 2 as proof). I don't believe those renderings for a second.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Blah, looks like an Altima with some swishiness to it... As a current 6 owner (who has suffered through truly horrible build quality, engine problems, etc.), one of the things I love about the car is the packaging. It looks sharp and tight, not bulky and overweight. This doesn't do it for me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with MikeMidd. the current model looks lightweight, lithe, sporty. The new one is trying to hard and looks dumpy in the rear.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah, its an altama

        those renders dont look great, not anywhere as good as the current 6.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bear in mind, this is only an artist's rendering. I doubt Mazda would let something this dumpy happen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      definitely agreed about the weight saving. For people to have any reason to buy the mazdaspeed6/6 MPS instead of the speed3, the car needs to be more nimble and probably have a turbo V6.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car does look porky, but that seems to be the trend nowadays. Mid-size family cars that have gotten markedly bigger (to cope with our fat butts) in the last 5 years: Galant, Passat, Sonata, Camry, Altima, new Accord, new Malibu and now this. Legacy seems to be bucking the trend as it doesn't look as big as the others.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When did Mazda start making Saturn Auras?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the artist who did the renderings didn't go far enough. My sense is that the grill is pulled forward more than the one in the picture and the headlights are more dramatic. The back end could be close but I see Mazda being more creative than what's in the pictures. Overall, a nice try for the artist who would be good at designing for Toyota, Honda or Hyundai not Mazda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it has front struts, it will have lost one of its Zooms.

      But it will probably have a tighter turning circle. The virtual axis lower geometry limited the angle the front wheels turn, and the turning circle is like 39 feet (quoted 38.7'). Just unacceptable for a car with a wheelbase of less than 9', and with skinny 215 width tires.
      So maybe a gain of 2" of wheelbase and a loss of 2' of turning circle.
      A fair trade for the real world.
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