• Sep 6, 2007
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Frankfurt's IAA is just days away, and as the eventual deadline approaches, more and more info on new models are being leaked despite the best attempts of automakers to prevent it. This time 'round it's the new Mazda6, a mid-sized sedan set to go head-to-head with the new Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, among others. Let us be the first to say that compared to its aforementioned rivals, the new Mazda6 is miles ahead of the competition in terms of style and would even give some of the premium makes a run for their money.

Some of the new features we can expect for the car include luxury items such as xenon headlights, LED detailing, heated seats and an engine starter button. If Mazda can maintain a similar price tag as the current model, the new 6 will turn out to be a sure-fire winner in the hotly contested mid-sized sedan market.

The specifications are for European models, but the only major addition for U.S.-spec cars will be the option of a 3.5L V6 in addition to the base four-cylinder. The only official details we have so far is that the new car will weigh less than the outgoing model and will use less fuel and emit fewer CO2 emissions to boot. We'll bring you all the official details of the new Mazda6 when arrive in Frankfurt next week.

[Source: KM77]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it is quite comparable to an Acura, especially TLS, and maybe modest TL. Being FWD, and all, at least currently.

      The ironic thing about the greenhouse shape line into the C-pillar, with trim, first of all, the Sebring's is WAY too big.

      The 6, though isn't as big, and the ironic bit is that the current outgoing car, the 4-door has a straight window line, and the 5-door is the one with the trim piece on the C-pillar.

      This new car's roofline looks longer, and the 4-door gets the trim, and the 5-door goes long enough for another piece of glass.

      The photochop above that shows the new 4-door sans the c-pillar trim line, looks even MORE like the TL Acura, with the straight dropped window line.

      Personally, I don't have a problem with the bit of black trim, although I think the Sebring takes it too far. The 6-4door doesn't, and with tinted glass (necessary mod, IMHO) in the rear doors, I doubt most people would notice it unless looking very closely.

      I'd personally go for the 5-door, and tint most of the side and rear glass anyway. Heck, this car looks cool enough that even a blacked out roof might look cool. I always like glass panoramic roof options, but even just a glossy-blackout paintjob between the roof rails, with tinted rear glass, and a sunroof would be cool.

      I like the black and chrome sultry-eye headlights most of all, though. none better. I am anxious to see how they incorporated LEDs into that, if that is what the LED bit was referring to. I can't quite tell if the inner lamp element is a high beam reflector, or a turn signal location (and low/high shifting projector beam). Either way it still looks cool as I've seen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      SICK! Better looking than the last generation and light-years ahead of the Honda and Toyota in terms of design. If the V6 is AT LEAST as potent as Hyundai's 3.3 liter (247 bhp) its a winner. Love the rising beltline...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seeing as the Mazda6 V6 has had a 6 speed automatic since the '05 model year, it is as fast as the 5 speed auto & 234 hp 3.3 V6 sonata.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what a stunningly beautiful car! even more so considering the price point. in comparison to this, camry and especially the accord are just boring and ugly. as a current happy owner of a mazda3, i might just go for an upgrade a year or so after launch, when used will be available. way to go mazda, nice to know that there are still automakers who actually care about customers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazda, please do the right thing: Mazdaspeed Powertrain in all body styles. I'll sell my RX-7 and my Protege5 for a turbo AWD wagon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yo mama big trunk...
      • 7 Years Ago
      VERY NICE!!!!!! I like the way the fender blends into the front end, and the diagonal creased ramp up towards the ass. it's muscular yet sleek at the same time.

      Toyota should spend some money and lure Mazda's designers away. This is nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      way better looking than the new accord. Best looking in class and way better than Asians in this class. Accord looks 8 years old compared to this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Better looking than a lot of Germans too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Absolutely incredible. A 6 speed hatch in white with the V6 is my next car, hands down. I am in love. Seriously, this makes the Accord/Camry look embarrassing, banal, hideous, and sloppy. Mazda has the best designers in the business.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Makes the just introduced Accord and Current Camry look like excrement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is a handsome car.... I wish Subaru would find out who designed this, and then hire them.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The only good thing Subaru offers standard is AWD, everything else sucks in Subaru line...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Makes the 2008 Accord look like it was late falling out of the 80's tree...

      And that wagon... exactly what my family needs, exactly what I want!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mmmmm Wagon.

      But I think the Hatch has the best lines.

      The profile is pretty striking, as it the front end.

      Now for pricing/options?
        • 7 Years Ago
        For me, the wagon is the most striking of the variants and likely the most useful version as well. If the wagon were to come to the U.S. with a clean diesel - all the better.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The car is obviously is better looking then its competition, but then again thats not surprising given that there are many cars that look better then the Camry and accord. I don't like the rear end, it looks old to me. As for the Chevy Malibu, I think it is at least in the same league as this car, especially considering the Malibu will most likely cost less. I have not seen either car hands on as far as the materials, its too early right now. But the interior of the Malibu seems much more to the point and not as busy as this cars interior. With that said, the front of the car looks great, its not too radical but its not boring conservative either.
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