Mazda has been showing a concept car the company refers to as “Takeri,” a stylish and sleek sedan. Mazda has announced that the Takeri concept is going to eventually become the next generation Mazda6, slated for 2013.
Stylish concept heading for production line
At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, according to Motor Trend magazine, Mazda showed a very pleasantly styled sedan, which Mazda called the “Takeri,” which used Mazda’s “Kodo” design philosophy that is also incorporated in the CX-5 crossover. The Takeri is a real looker with sleek lines and a large grille that’s almost reminiscent of a Jaguar.
At the time, Mazda had slated a Skyactiv-D diesel engine for the car, along with the company’s i-Stop stop/start technology. The car also had a KERS system, similar to a Formula 1 car, which captured kinetic energy through braking and stored it in capacitors, which would be used to power ancillaries like the stereo, satellite navigation and so forth. The immediate conclusion among the automotive press, such as Motor Trend and Automobile magazine, was that the Takeri was the next Mazda6. It is.
Mum on the details
Mazda has only confirmed that the Takeri concept is going to be the basis for the next Mazda6, which is going to first be shown off at the upcoming Paris Motor Show this fall, according to Automobile magazine. It will go on sale in 2013 as a 2014 model.
However, Mazda is being relatively mum on the details. Mazda has said, according to USA Today, that the Skyactiv-D motor in the concept car will not be offered in the Mazda6. Skyactiv technology will underpin the car, so it’s likely the 155 horsepower, 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine will be the base motor for the car.
It isn’t known if a six-cylinder will be available, as it is on the current Mazda6. Available transmissions will be six-speed manual or automatic.
Since Mazda says that fuel economy and performance will both be paramount for the car, the next Mazda6 is likely to undergo some weight reduction similar to the CX-5 which, according to Car and Driver, is one of the lightest compact crossovers.
Steep climb ahead
The 2014 Mazda6 promises look good and get decent fuel economy. Assuming it shares engines with the CX-5, it should get close to 26 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway with an automatic. That said, 26/32 and 155 horsepower is not a class leader. It will likely get better mileage as it won’t have as much weight to lug around.
The car has its work cut out for it. The class leader for mid-size sedans, the Toyota Camry, sold 308,510 units last year, according to Motor Trend, compared to 35,711 for the Mazda6.
Car and Driver: http://blog.caranddriver.com/mazda-announces-2014-mazda-6-coming-to-2012-paris-auto-show-new-york-auto-show/
Motor Trend: http://wot.motortrend.com/mid-size-sales-camry-wins-2011-accord-begins-to-slip-passat-begins-its-rise-153071.html