2010 Mazda Shinari conceptEnlarge Photo
At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month, Mazda will show an updated version of its 6 sedan. However, in the near future we may see some new variants introduced including the oft-rumored Mazdaspeed performance model as well as a new coupe.
Auto Express, citing an inside source, reports that a 6 coupe will be launched by 2016. The new coupe will be positioned as a sportier offering than the 6 sedan, and may end up featuring a more distinct look similar to that previewed on the Shinari concept car from 2010.
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The Shinari introduced Mazda’s current ‘Kodo’ design language, which first appeared on the new 6. However, unlike the concept, which was a four-door coupe, the new 6 coupe is slated to have a conventional two-door design.
The same inside source also revealed that Mazda will launch a diesel-electric hybrid version of the 6 as well as the aforementioned Mazdaspeed model. Like the original Mazdaspeed 6, launched in 2006, a turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive system would likely be installed in the new one. On top of this, weight reduction may be employed to help boost performance.
Importantly, some of the performance upgrades for the new Mazdaspeed 6 could be introduced into lower-spec models, namely its all-wheel-drive system, which is a feature many of the 6's rivals don't offer and a strong selling point in the northern states.
Stay tuned for an update.