• Jun 16, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of all-new Mazda6 shots

Few cars have generated as much traffic for Autoblog lately as the all-new 2009 Mazda6. We have been talking about this car for a long time, sharing pics and renderings, rumors and speculation. While Mazda shared some official pics of the U.S. version recently, we just received some shots of one sitting out in the open that we wanted to share. Submitted by avid Autoblog reader Andre R., these dozen or so shots show a beautiful blue (blue is the new white apparently) sample parked next to a current generation Mazda6. The differences are pretty striking when these two vehicles can be viewed together. The front fascia and wheels are a touch busy, but what a beautiful shape Mazda designers have given the new 6.

Although similar to the Japanese and European-market versions, the USDM car gets the signature bisected grille with foglamps housed in silver pots at the lower corners of the front air dam. As we pointed out when the first official shots were released, the trunk, rear bumper, and exhaust are also different and arguably better looking than the simpler Japanese and Europeans versions. These photos also give us a glimpse of the interior, and we'll reserve judgment on how it functions until we get some seat time. The dash isn't the best we've seen and the seat material looks odd, but it could be the glass giving odd reflections. Thanks for the pics, Andre!



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      • 6 Years Ago
      which is a good thing, I forgot to add.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know that Mazdas are excellent cars because I owned one ('91 Protege DX) before buying my '04 Accord a few years ago.

      Too bad Mazda stylists ruined the new 6 by adding that awful, painted "C" pillar to look like a quarter window.

      Mazda's Sebring-like paint job looks cheap and makes the car look entry-level and classless. Too bad!
      • 6 Years Ago
      In a world of look-alikes, it still manages to look different. I'd like to see the sport version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I see Solara's face.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I personally think it's kinda ugly. That's actually my '05 M6 next to it on these shots - which I think is a stunning car. I just love the headlamp group in the previous generation. The new one looks like it has a crooked smile of some sort.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad that Mazda made the boneheaded decision of killing the V6/manual combo for the new Mazda6.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Riight, it's all about what sells, and Manuals don't sell, you would rather have Mazda fall flat on their face again like in the 90's?

        The CX CrossSport looks damn close to the CX-7.

        It costs money to put a Manual into any car, Mazda clearly thought they would not get a return on doing so. I guess you forgot about that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        How hard is Build-to-order?

        And I thought Mazda was all about the Zoom-zoom.

        Auto-only is Ford-like BS.

        I like mazda, I own a mazda, but they seem to be getting bland in execution, and not delivering on their concepts.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Too bad there aren't enough people who would buy that combo for Mazda to justify producing one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone have a price quote on the new Mazda6 yet?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Search, you'll find it.

        Grand Touring V6, w/o Nav is right below $30.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When the pics of the USDM Mazda6 came I was devastated by the looks, because the world version has tidier front and jewel like headlamps. But I must admit the more pics of USDM version came out, it grew on me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "When the pics of the USDM Mazda6 came I was devastated by the looks, because the world version has tidier front and jewel like headlamps. But I must admit the more pics of USDM version came out, it grew on me." - Henry Fok

        Devastated. I can almost say I know how you felt, for I think I might have felt much the same. I was so very disappointed -- angry even -- that Mazda would follow Ford's Modus Operandi in holding out their best stuff for everyone but us.

        Now that I've had a close look at the details, not so much. Same thing happened to me; I think the USDM-spec of this car has definitely grown on me. Though I'd still take the the global version in less time than it would take to ask my preference, this one isn't so bad. We're getting like 90% of the good stuff here. Still disappointed that Mazda is taking this route, but I suppose it could have been worse.

        If you examine the headlamps up close on the USDM spec (one of the big gripes on this car with me) you'll see they did actually keep the leaf/diamond pattern on the interior of the light housing that debuted on the JDM/Global version, it's just that it's way toned down. I didn't notice until I saw the close-up shot here. And it helps to see the car in a color that isn't a screaming loud obnoxious Ferrari red - the lines are far easier to appreciate when they're not drowned out.

        To be honest, they didn't really change the car that much, it's just the tweaks made it look so different to me until I finally got to see the thing up close. They replaced the grill with the color-keyed sport version already used in some markets, and is consistent with the USDM-spec of the last 6 anyway, so I can live with that. The hood is understandable given the application of a larger V6 engine, so that's a non-issue for me even thought the global version is still better. Then there's the headlamp tweaks.. a mystery to me but not a total screwup. And they moved the fog lamps to the edges - would not have made that call myself, but it's one I can live with. That's about it. Granted this is a larger version of the same car, so it makes sense to use different (i.e. larger) parts for the grill, hood, and headlamps.. but seriously, they could have made everything look just the same as the global machine and it would never have been a problem.

        On a side note concerning the design, if Mazda was to bring that perfect hatch over, I'd seriously consider that over a G8 if the driving dynamics were up to par in spite of the FWD; a hatch with a sedan profile looks hot and has the utility to go with it that you can't get with the G8. The Mazda6 hatch in particular, is a work of pure sex and art. The lack of that stupid dead panel on the C-Pillar shows which one even the engineers and designers preferred.

        All things considered, we're getting essentially the same car, albeit watered-down a little. Even so, it's far better than the bulbous Camry or the clumsy mixed bag that currently passes for the Accord, and it's definitely more emotional and exciting than the already pretty attractive Altima. If the driving impressions line up in reality to what I've read thus far -- that is, the looks are not just for show -- then this thing is going to clean house and mop up the competition.

        Mazda is putting the mainstream on notice. This is a contender for best in class in my opinion, even if it's not the best Mazda has proven they can do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The rear fender panels and the length of the trunk lid looks like a Mazda 3 >
      • 6 Years Ago
      When the pics of the USDM Mazda6 came I was devastated by the looks, because the world version has tidier front and jewel like headlamps. But I must admit the more pics of USDM version came out, it grew on me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish it had the dual exhausts on either side instead of together on the right side.
      The old 6 looked absolutely stunning when viewed from the back in that configuration (without spoiler)
      The old 6 had some very classic lines that were eye catchy, this one is not bad but I still love the way the prev. gen. looked a little better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've driven the car already and its going to blow people away. The interior fit and finish is incredible and the space is unreal for a car its size. The 4banger has some punch even in automatic form. This car should be a home run for Mazda
        • 6 Years Ago
        umm wow.. a Sentra? and you thought that was a step up? The Altima is good, but any Nissan cheaper than that feels a LOT cheaper.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Blah... Just traded in 03 Mazda6 for Nissan Sentra SL. It reminded me again what I hate about Ford...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why are you even talking about the last gen 6? This one is going to blow that one away... the last gen 6 is too small too dated inside and under the hood.
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