Mazda has been a smart player in the auto industry over the past several years. While the 1990s consisted of several missteps including the aborted plans of creating their own luxury sub-brand for North America, Mazda has realized it’s best to focus on their core business of building small, affordable vehicles. Creating fun-looking small automobiles has allowed Mazda to attract the modern marketplace now hungry for these type of vehicles. In the United States alone, sales of Mazda products in 2011 was more than 9 percent higher than the year prior. With family sedans in high demand, the Mazda6 is the second-most popular model (behind the compact Mazda3) in the brand’s United States line-up. Debuting to a Russian public at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012 late August, the new Madza6 has been reshaped and reengineered with the Japanese automaker’s KODO ‘Soul in Motion’ design philosophy.
While the overall silhouette of sedan is not a remarkable departure from the currently-sold Mazda6 model, the 2014 mid-sized four-door does receive treatment to the front and read corners. The Mazda flagship is the second recipient of the KODO design language meant for production. The more upright grille appearance and the sweeping chrome trim trying together the stylish headlamps are characteristics first instituted in production on the Mazda CX-5 crossover. The rear end of the 2014 Mazda6 is also granted a striking yet more mature look. Overall, the new Mazda6 adheres closely to the brand’s TAKERI Concept car shown off at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
The 2014 Mazda6 sedan will also involve powertrain technology highlighted in the Tokyo Motor Show’s TAKERI Concept. As can be expected from a Mazda, SkyActiv technology is going to have a key role in the movement of their 2014 sedan. When presented in Moscow, the Mazda6 will be powered by a direct-injected, 2.0 liter SkyActiv-G engine. Along with the main gasoline powerplant, Mazda’s i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system arrives in production form with the Mazda6. I-ELOOP is a fuel-saving technology that uses electrical capacitors to quickly store and discharge zero-emission energy. Power of the 2014 Mazda6 will be shifted through a SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Mazda four-door vehicle shown in Russia should very closely resemble what North American audiences will see in the near future. The release date, model trims and pricing for the Mazda6 is not been announced but should be announced in the next few months. Seeking to encompass a wide market, the 2014 Mazda6 is being targeted as a sporty, stylish and luxurious sedan.
Information and photo source: Mazda Motor Corporation