The web has fired up an interesting bit of rumor concerning the next-generation Mazda6. British auto magazine WhatCar? reports that a shadowy senior official within the Japanese automaker has confirmed that a coupe version will bow after the current sedan's successor debuts in a little over a year.

The 2013 Mazda6 is set to hit the market in January 2013, and WhatCar? reports that the coupe version may not touch down until 2014 or later. That's a long, long way off, and there's no guarantee that, even if the model becomes a reality, it will be sold in the States. All of which means we're taking this one with a Mazda6-sized grain of salt.

Still, WhatCar? reports the coupe version of the Mazda6 will make use of the same SkyActiv tech found in the four-door, including a weight-saving design, small displacement engines with forced-induction and new transmissions. Still, we like the sound of an attractive two-door designed to give the Honda Accord Coupe and Nissan Altima two-door some competition, especially if it comes packing excellent fuel economy.


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      Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      This sounds like a very intriguing idea, indeed. Make a Mazdaspeed version of it while you're at it!
      BB79826
      • 3 Years Ago
      The current 6 ranks quite low on auto-satisfaction surveys of actual owners. Same goes for many other Mazdas. Which I don't understand at all. They're fun to drive, they attract more of an enthusiast crowd, they're relatively reliable...I don't really get it.
      icharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Either way, i just hope the Mazda 6 sells better than it has been doing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Curtis
      • 3 Years Ago
      kind of a spiritual mx-6 successor:)
      RZ-Civic
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a Mazda3 coupe? It would make a very compelling Civic coupe competitor!
      h15a5h1
      • 3 Years Ago
      i dont think a sedan based coupe is a good idea. just give us a world spec gen3 mazda6 with hatch and wagon variants + awd and im sold. the current gen2 mazda6 sold in the states is a piece of crap compared to what everyone else got. and also 1ft longer in every dimension compared to the real gen2
      Daniel D
      • 3 Years Ago
      This seems highly improbable. The story going around automotive sites in Australia at the moment, is the next generation Mazda 6 will be shared around the world and the US won't be getting a special model of its own. This car will be bigger to suit the US market, but wont suit anywhere else and will also drop the hatch. The hatch is the most popular Mazda 6 in Australia and the UK by far. Without it Mazda Australia will basically be out of the mid size car market as the sedan won't cut it and the wagon won't suit everyone. Keep in mind that Mazda is a huge brand in Australia. The Mazda 3 is about to become Australia's top selling car for this year and topple the Holden Commodore. Mazda has been the private buyers brand of choice here for years. I would imagine if any money can be found for a different body style for the Mazda 6 it will be hatch and then anything else. Mazda have said repeatedly that Australia is a very important market for them. The current 6 hasn't been as successful in Australia as the first generation, because of its conservative styling and larger size (the euro/pacific version is larger, but not US larger), so I can see making a hatch for the right hand drive markets that suits them and will pick up sales as more important then a coupe, that the US will only pay peanuts for, because of brand perception in the US and the low price they can sell them at. T hats my take anyway.
      dklkse1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I seriously doubt a coupe version would make it to the States. They already deny us the wagon and hatchback versions... Who knows for sure, though?
        John S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dklkse1
        You must have not been around in the late 80's and 90's when there were quite a few MX-6 coupes on the road.
        h15a5h1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dklkse1
        we got denied the hatch and wagon because the gen2 version that was sold here was created specifically for the US market + didnt share any sheetmetal or parts with the world spec car. In USA, we only got a world spec car for the gen1 mazda6 (2003-2008). only difference was longer bumpers, and v6 engine choice
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Mazda6 is typically the best driving car in the class, and having a coupe seems like a nice idea...unfortunately unless they dramatically restyle the next generation car and advertise it properly, they will only sell in four digits. I hope they put the SkyActive engines in the 6 soon, a diesel would make sense in the sedan and drive up sales.
      Adam Waltering
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uhhh...Yes please!
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      This seems like a terrible idea. Pontiac G6 kind of terrible.
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