Beneath the gorgeous and impossibly long looking hood of the Mazda Takeri Concept lies plenty of real estate. By our estimation there's room for any number of powerplants, from a high-revving rotary to a twin-turbo V6. However, when Mazda launches the new 2014 Mazda6, which will ape the looks of the Takeri show car, it will only contain a measly little four-cylinder, according to Autoweek.

So that's being a bit harsh, as despite the reported demise of a V6 engine option for the Mazda6, at least it will be getting a Skyactiv four-banger, according to the report. Skyactiv is, of course, Mazdaspeak for its suite of technologies that includes its next-generation powertrain with direct injection and a fancy new automatic transmission design, a combination we liked a great deal when we sampled it in the CX-5 crossover.

With Hyundai, Kia, and Chevrolet having dumped their V6's in favor of an all-four-cylinder lineup for their midsize sedans, we're not surprised to see Mazda follow course. We do, however, wonder how the beleaguered Japanese brand intends to compete when it comes to performance.

With 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, the 2.0-liter Skyactiv four in Mazda's new crossover isn't particularly powerful, so we hope we might see a slightly larger displacement version with a few more ponies for the bigger sedan. Or one with forced induction. Or how about a diesel engine option? Mazda has promised a diesel for North America, though it hasn't specified which vehicle it will arrive in. The automaker has committed to deploying a stellar 2.2-liter turbodiesel four making 173 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque for the CX-5, at least in Europe. Now that might be just the ticket to make a top-trim Mazda6 get up and go.


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      Lawrence Miller
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm ok with this if they include A)turbo or B) turbo diesel or even C) say a 2.2 version of the CX-5 engine. Honestly, I live right by one of the biggest dealers of mazda's in the midwest, and V6 6's just don't sell that well, and mpg is a big reason for that.
      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      As the owner of a current gen Mazda6 with the 2.5 liter I-4, I trust in Mazda abilities to make a great four cylinder engine because I love the performance of mines. People tend to forget that Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom" is not necessarily just about the fastest speeds but rather the entire driving dynamics of the vehicle. Trust, Mazda will knock it out the park, they already got the design right. That's one sexy car!
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is so beautiful, especially compared to their current line up (other than the CX-5).
      maverick_02
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes please on the diesel!!!! Yes please on this 6. The current 6 is a great car. I'm a Honda guy and would switch to this thing on a heartbeat.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Mazda's comments about not developing SkyActiv 6 cylinders, this is no surprise nor all that concerning. As long as they have a 4 with a turbo for the higher horsepower option, I don't see it as a problem. Family midsize sedans have gone from horsepower race to an efficiency race.
      Feurig
      • 2 Years Ago
      AB obviously doesn't know what this car is made for. It's made for twists and turns and having fun, not having power. /BRZfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Feurig
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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Measly little 4 cylinders" can also be found under the hoods of such notables as the Evo, STI and of course the MS6 and the MS3. They're not that impressive from the factory, relatively speaking, but forced induction can yield huge gains with the right mods and the right tune. MS3s, for example, start at 263hp (probably 220whp) but stage 1 adds roughly 40 - 50whp on an off the shelf map, stage 2 + intercooler upgrade adds another 30 - 40whp on top of that (think 290 - 300whp). Add in a custom dyno tune and other variables such as meth, or e85 fuel etc and you're already looking at the 360 - 400whp mark. You get the same fuel economy off boost to boot. So yeah, if Mazda can get the turbo SkyActiv 2.0 or even 2.5l right, you'll get big power and retain fuel economy.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        I doubt they will be that fun when they try so hard to remove all modding capabilities. Like integrating the turbo into the manifold, further locking down the computer, and introducing stop/start technology. They barely use any boost and thus don't use the closed-deck blocks with strong forged 500whp capable internals like the Evo. Their valve trains lack durability at the required spring rates and can't handle high revs. The head design is usually very poor. These are a far cry from an Evo motor which alone costs over $8,000 brand new. That motor alone is half the cost of their entry level $16K boosted eco-car. Those weak motors mean people who mod will be blowing them up and further creating a stigma that modding should be discouraged instead of over-building the motor like they should be doing for durability reasons anyway. I personally owned and self tuned a 2006 Evo IX 5spd. Nothing beats the kind of power a stock Evo 9 with just an exhaust, boost controller, and tune can make. That's an easy 340awhp from $1500 in mods and suddenly 0-60 got a lot faster. Just take a look at the dyno charts on stock motors. http://forums.evolutionm.net/evo-dyno-tuning-results-299/ Guys are running around with 500-600hp on stock motors which is rather impressive. With AWD that's a better 0-60 than anything Americans make including the Ford GT supercar. Dodges AWD Dart with 600hp just threw down a 1.9 second 0-60. Tanner Foust's Rally Fiesta with 600hp and AWD beat the Vett ZR1 and Audi R8 when setting the world record for indoor speed. Same thing with a 2.0 second 0-60 on that car. And people run Evo's with 1000hp or more down in the low 8 second quarter mile times which dwarf those professional Rally cars. These small boosted motors can be respected, if only we actually try and build one the right way with forged internals and AWD/RWD so people actually want to give it more power. All America has is FWD with excuses and it's getting really old. Same for Mazda with the 3's legendary torque steer. We simply don't have a real option to judge how sweet the boosted 2.0 can be except for the Evo and that's a very pricey car for almost nothing in the looks/sound department. I bought one anyway because only performance matters to me.
      plarson79
      • 2 Years Ago
      The next Mazda6 will not get the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L....it will be a larger displacement. In the press release almost 2 weeks ago, Mazda said it will have "a SKYACTIV-G" engine that has the "same architecture" as the 2.0L....hence it is not getting the 2.0L....
      mazdamattyp5
      • 2 Years Ago
      My local dealer told me in one of their product training courses they were told the Mazda 6 SkyActiv D was on it's way here by the end of the year. He said they even had printed articles on it from Mazda. (but couldn't produce them for me). I will hold off buying the wife a new VW TDi for now.....but we can't wait forever! Give me some info Mazda!!
        plarson79
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mazdamattyp5
        There is no formal info from Mazda about a SKYACTIV-D in the Mazda6. There is also no formal training as of yet for Mazda dealers on the SKYACTIV-D engine either. I don't know where that dealer got his info from. It just does not exist yet.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      With modern 4 cylinder engines pushing out 300 hp in turbo form, who needs a V6? Has Mazda's SkyActiv engines been turbcharged yet? I could see a modified version of their 2L engine being used as the top-line engine in the upcoming 6. And if the production 6 looks anything like that gorgeous concept, it definitely deserves a hi-po version with 250+ hp.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's too bad. A 3.0L SkyActiv V6 (maintaining the 500cc/cylinder architecture) would still be considerably more fuel efficient than the current 3.7 while providing the power and smoothness that some buyers seek.
      Scott Cavalcante
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an owner of 9 Mazdas over the last 20 years including 4 RX7s and 2 Mazda 6 V6's of which a 2010 Grand Touring is my current car, I have to say that I was very excited when I saw this design and then equally bummed to see articles professing that there will be no V6 option. I would have been first in line to buy but now I'm not so sure. I will try to be open-minded about either diesel or turbo options and like I read in someone else's post, I HOPE they will have an NA V6. Either way, this car needs power. I may be in the minority but I will take better power along with acceptable if not impressive MPG any day. If the 4 cylinder variants can deliver a similar feel to what I get now, while in that awesome looking Takeri design (provided production version isn't too watered down from the concept), I'll stay on board but if it drives like a Mazda 3 in a bigger chassi, I'm off. Anyway that car design is too big for anything smaller than a 6 cylinder in my opinion.
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