Don't blink, or you might just miss the first teaser for the next-generation Mazda6. Mazda has released a 21-second spot designed to give the world a glimpse of the company's new sedan. From the look of things, the Mazda6 will borrow heavily from the Takeri Concept Car we saw debut at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. While details remain scarce about the upcoming model, rumor has it the four-door may bow with nothing but four-cylinder engines under the hood. Automakers like Chevrolet, Hyundai and Kia have already embraced that move for their family sedans, resulting in lighter, more efficient platforms.

Whether or not Mazda does eschew a traditional V6 engine engine for a four-pot, odds are buyers will find a Skyactiv mill behind the headlights. That means direct injection will make a showing on the car for the first time in the model's history. Currently, the most powerful Skyactiv four-cylinder in the Mazda stable tops out at 155 horsepower, which would be low for an entry-level model in this segment. We expect a more powerful tune of the 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine in the Mazda3 to be the base powerplant, but we imagine the technology will need to be mated with either a larger-displacement block or forced induction if Mazda intends to stay competitive with other automakers' higher-power engine options. Check out the teaser video below.



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      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      It cannot come to soon. Mazda really messed up with the current 6 - supersized compared to non-US versions and less zoom zoom to try to woo Accord and Camry buyers. Note to Mazda - you do not have the financial ability to compete with the juggernauts - better to focus on keeping your core fans and attracting others who enjoy the art of driving. You are not going to win over all the appliance desiring lemmings.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        As a family of multi-generation 6 owners, the size increase was not the problem (my father needed a larger car from his 1st gen 6), but the softening of the driving experience was the problem; he often mentions that his new car is just not as fun to drive as the old car. If they had kept the dialed in, almost manic nature of the 1st gen with the size of the 2nd gen, it would be that much better of a car. It also needed the outward visibility of the 1st gen car, my own 1st gen 6 is much easier to see around and drive than the 2nd gen.
      BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      GO Mazda! I've always been fond of the brand, it's been tough for me to see their struggles with their current generation of cars. The CX-5 looks like a great car and they really need this new 6 to blow everyone out of the water.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing looks really promising. I just hope the interior gets a nice redesign as well. Don't think the last one was that bad, but just to keep it competitive. I test drove the current gen 6 a while ago and it was by far my favorite sedan - tight steering and pretty good manual tranny.
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't tolerate "teasers"...just show the damn car or keep it under wraps.
      Michael Scherping
      • 2 Years Ago
      I owned an 04' Mazda6 and loved it. If not for it's poor turning radius, I would still have it as a matter of fact. Instead, I'm tooling around in a Kia Optima SX Turbo. Who would have thought that I would buy a Kia over a Mazda! This looks promising. Mazda really screwed up the current model when they tried to "Americanize" it. That enormous black plastic triangle where there should be a window on the C-Pillar just killed it for me. How cheap.
        Alexi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Scherping
        I have an '07 mazda 6... what is up with the turning radius? otherwise it's a great car.
        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael Scherping
        They "Americanized" it because the original 6 was too small; some of the larger compact cars approached it in size. A company must do what it must do in order to sell.
          Greg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ClementZ
          I loved the original 6--it was a blast to drive and is a great looking machine. I don't remember it being small, though.
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since it will be VERY close to the Takeri, it will be the best looking Mazda6 since the first gen models in 2003 (and maybe ever). I will be in the market for a new car soon, and if the CX-5 is any indication of how good the new 6 will be, I would love to get one. I really wish the new 6 had their new diesel. 300 ft-lb torque + 43 mpg? Yes, please. However, they've said the diesel won't be in it, at least initially.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they need to follow a formula similar to the old 6, before it got Americanized. The old 6 was one of the most fun to drive, best handling midize cars on the market in its day. The Gen 2 Mazda 6 lost all that sportiness and ballooned in weight. Subsequently, it lost Gen 1 customers and wasn't able to lure CamCord buyers. Postioning: 2.5 , non SkyActiv, for the base model, 180 hp. 24/34 mpg 1.5 (same engine as the Mazda2) turbo for midrange trims, SkyActiv, 210 hp, . 26/36 mpg 2.0 turbo SkyActiv for the high-end model, 270 hp, 22/32 mpg 2.5 turbo SkyActiv for the MazdaSpeed version, 320 hp, 17/30 mpg 2.2 diesel with 160 hp, 33/45 mpg.
        plarson79
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        way to many engine choices! Here in North America, we will probably see one engine, a 2.5L Skyactiv-G engine with around 180hp or so. If it can get 26/38 mpg it should be a winner. I don't think that is asking too much.
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ooooo... this looks nice. This could be a return to true form for the Mazda6. It's a more modern version of the 1st Gen Mazda6 - which was everyone's favorite? How many 2nd Gens did they sell? Not many I'd wager... Based off of Wikipedia, there were around 100,000 sold in the US since 2009. I really liked the CX-5 and this looks great too. I hope we're done with the giant grin on the Mazda3 soon. I see a slight resemblance to the new 3-Series on the spy shots and this teaser. Not a bad influence... In the US I know we probably won't see the wagon, but hopefully they'll give us a sporty "5 Door" hatch version like the rest of the world. And of course a Mazdaspeed6...
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @joejoe509
        No hatch in the new model, which is the most popular body style in the UK and Australia, because we are told the American market doesn't like them. Sedan with coupe like shape and wagon are the only 6 models for all markets. Effectively Mazda will loose sales in both markets, but these days they seem obsessed with the US market. Not sure why as they never make money over there, but its like they can't just let go of that market. I guess US may miss out on wagon, but Canada will probably get it. I actually think Mazda US might be told they have to take the wagon. MPS might return mid update as it was the US six cylinder models that killed MPS last time around. Mazda US didn't want new MPS, so it was argued volumes of MPS weren't good enough for rest of the world without the US market included. Hopefully now the US gets the same car as everyone else, that will change.
      Travis Miles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not for nothing but where do they get money from these days?
        Michael
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travis Miles
        Given that they sold about five cars last year, that's a very good question.
          Daniel D
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael
          The world is bigger than the US. In Australia Mazda is the most popular private owners car purchased new and the Mazda 3 tops the charts.
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Michael
          Mazda 3s and CX-5s are very popular in Canada.
      Russell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also, here's celebrating a swift death of the nagare design language (current huge smiley face with bulged fenders and swooping body lines e.g. Mazda 3,5,6). I never liked a single model with the nagare design with the Mazdaspeed3 being the exception. Their Kodo design language (New CX-5, Mazda 6 seen here) is going to suit Mazda and subsequently its consumers much better.
      Mack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I swear if they do not offer this with the diesel here then it is a no go for me and I will be looking at the Focus ST or whatever Ford puts the 1.0L Ecoboost in. I can't see why if they're not offering a V6 they wouldn't put the diesel in it. I love Mazda but I swear sometimes their business decisions baffle me.
      rjj130psu
      • 2 Years Ago
      FYI, the MazdaSpeed6 featured direct injection... so this is actually the second time the Mazda6 featured direct injection. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazda6#Mazdaspeed6
        rjj130psu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rjj130psu
        Russel actually beat me to the post a few minutes ago... didn't post in time!
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