A few months back there was some speculation about a Chevrolet Malibu Coupe. General Motors quickly put those rumors to rest though, saying it wasn’t in the plan “for now.” The decision to nix it likely comes down to two things: competition with the Camaro, and the fact that mid-size mainstream coupes don’t sell too well. Toyota ditched the Camry Solara due to low sales.
People mostly seem to want something small, inexpensive and sporty. Except in luxury and performance categories, where coupes continue to do well. Think Infiniti G37 Coupe, Cadillac CTS Coupe, and the like. What Car? says that Mazda could offer a mid-size coupe of its own, as a variant of the next-generation Mazda6. The car would do battle against the Honda Accord Coupe and the Nissan Altima Coupe.
The Mazda Takeri Concept, introduced at the Tokyo Auto Show to preview the next-gen 6, has lines that would lend itself well to a coupe. It’s the best iteration of Mazda’s new “Kodo” styling language, which is debuting first on the CX-5 crossover. Given Mazda’s penchant for performance, they could make a Mazda6 coupe work out. Especially a Mazdaspeed6 Coupe with a low price tag.
We know, its probably a long shot (at least the low price part). What Car? says the car would (of course) use Mazda SkyActiv technology, offering a high compression, small displacement four-cylinder along with auto stop/start and i-ELOOP. The coupe would debut alongside the international Mazda6 hatchback, debuting sometime in 2014.
The executive who spoke with the outlet anonymously didn’t specify whether or not the coupe would be sold in the United States, but if it does get the green light we don’t see why it wouldn’t be. Keeping it international-only wouldn’t make much sense. The on-sale date of the next-generation Mazda6 sedan is scheduled for January 2013. That means the production car could debut at any number of auto shows between now and next year – Los Angeles seems like a good bet but stay tuned.