2011 Mazda Takeri Concept
Although we’ve seen the Takeri already, Mazda has used the concept's U.S. debut to announce details concerning the next-generation Mazda6.
The automaker has confirmed the new Mazda6 will go on sale early next year as a 2014 model, following a world debut this September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
For the U.S. market, the car will feature a SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine and be available with two transmissions, the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual and SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. The manual is smaller and lighter than conventional units and benefits from reduced internal friction. The automatic, meanwhile, benefits from improved torque transfer efficiency thanks to a wider lock-up range. Best-in-class fuel economy also is targeted, as was achieved on the 2013 CX-5 compact crossover.
Sadly, Mazda has confirmed that the 2014 Mazda6 in the U.S. won’t feature the SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine showcased in the Takeri concept car, though it plans to offer a clean diesel engine to U.S. buyers eventually.
Final specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle's sale date.
Prototypes for the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 have already been spotted testing in Europe, though they are heavily masked and modified to look like the current model. They show that the 2014 model will be about the same size as the current model but slighter wider.