Mazda is considering launching additional variants of its new
2014 Mazda6 sedan
, which made its auto show debut this week and is due in showrooms early next year. One of these is a new wagon variant
, which has already been revealed though is yet to be confirmed for the U.S.
Other, more exciting possibilities include the return of a potent Mazdaspeed6 with all-wheel drive, as well as the launch of a stylish Mazda6 coupe. Of the two new models under consideration, the Mazdaspeed6 is the most likely to be realized.
Speaking with Auto Express
at the launch of the new Mazda6 at the 2012 Moscow Auto Show
, the car’s program manager, Hiroshi Kajiyama, confirmed that a model evoking the spirit of the Mazdaspeed range was being looked at. Kajiyama also pointed out that the new Mazda6 was benchmarked against cars like the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, both of which offer high-performance variants, so launching a more potent version of the Mazda was a logical next step.
Like the original Mazdaspeed6, launched in 2006, a turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive system would likely be fitted. On top of this, further weight reduction would also be looked at, revealed the Mazda exec. The new car is already around 110 pounds lighter than the one it replaces thanks to advances in construction like the use of ultra-high tensile steel.
Importantly, some of the performance upgrades for the Mazdaspeed6 could be introduced into lower-spec models, namely its all-wheel drive system, which is a feature many of its rivals don't offer and is a strong selling point in the northern states.