The automotive press has been drooling in anticipation for the next generation Mazda6, which is set to go on sale for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Mazda6, which promises to be efficient, fun and achingly gorgeous, is going to debut publicly at the upcoming 2012 Moscow auto show.
Jaw-dropping concept forms basis of 2014 Mazda6
Mazda has long been known for making cars that combine the best possible features in a car. Rock solid Japanese reliability, the most reliable reliability, highly respectable fuel economy in many models, extremely good driving dynamics and, perhaps best of all, a very decent cost. The company’s MX-5 Miata is the best-selling convertible in the world for exactly those reasons.
There has been a titanic amount of buzz over the 2014 Mazda6, the next generation of Mazda’s full-size sedan. A big part of why that has been is because of the concept car it was based on, called Takeri. The Takeri concept, according to AutoBlog, debuted at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, and wowed viewers with stunning looks that echoed cars costing two or more times what a Mazda does. Later it was confirmed as the basis for the next Mazda6.
Will heavily feature SkyActiv technology
The first peek at the 2014 Mazda6 will come at the upcoming Moscow auto show, according to Car and Driver, though it will only be the model sold in Russia. Models slated for Europe and North America will be appearing later.
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The engine will naturally be Mazda’s SkyActiv drive train. It will get the 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder found in the CX-5 and the Mazda3, good for 155 horsepower in both those vehicles. It also gets the same six-speed automatic transmission, called SkyActiv Drive. SkyActiv, in and of itself, is not actually much in the way of a technology; it’s an engineering approach that emphasizes saving weight and maximizing efficiency without sacrificing performance. According to USA Today, the North American models will get a diesel engine, but it won’t be available at first.
In the loop
The car will also get Mazda’s i-ELOOP system, a type of regenerative braking. According to Car and Driver, the system captures kinetic energy during braking and converts it to electricity. Instead of a battery, it’s stored in a supercapacitor. A capacitor is similar to a battery, in that it stores electricity, except it doesn’t retain it for long.
Mazda’s system releases that power during the “stop” cycle of the car’s stop-start system, powering auxiliary systems. According to USA Today, it should boost fuel economy by 10 percent.
Premium car without premium price
There have been a number of teaser videos and pictures of the Mazda 6 released by Mazda, stirring up demand before it hits the show floor. Price and availability dates aren’t known yet, but if the pictures are any indication, it should be breathtaking to look at. Since it’s a Mazda, it will also be very affordable. The current Mazda6 starts at $20,480.