While officially this new powerhouse sedan won’t be unveiled to the general public until its world debut at the Moscow Auto Show later this month, the completely redesigned 2014 model year Mazda6 already started full production late last week at the company’s Hofu, Japan plant. The first major change in the model in five years, this new third generation reminds us a lot of Mazda’s old Millenia in terms of a luxury sedan presence in the marque.
Based on the Takeri (derived from the Japanese for “male”) Concept unveiled in April at the New York Auto Show (picture below), the vehicle is the third designed using the Kodo “Soul of Motion” design language that produced the company’s award-winning new crossover, the 2013 CX-5. With an aggressive front fascia more commonly seen in the likes of a Mercedes AMG, the Mazda6 is an exciting take for a company known for its (mostly) conservative design stance. We hope that the anticipated 2014 MX-5 (a.k.a. the Miata) coproduction with Alfa Romeo will continue this progression in defining the next generation of vehicles for Mazda.
This enviro-concious automatic six-speed will be the second in Mazda’s fleet to fully incorporate their proprietary SkyActiv Technology, which is the company’s attempt to reverse-engineer every aspect of their vehicles to achieve greater fuel economy without sacrificing performance. The Mazda6’s 2.0-liter engine will power the new SkyActiv-Drive, which also features the world’s first capacitor-based regenerative braking system, further improving fuel economy up to 10 percent.
Stay tuned to www.mazdausa.com on August 29, where the full slate of specs such as horsepower, torque and options will be revealed, as well as the whole model lineup at the Paris Auto Show in September. Look for its stateside debut in November at the L.A. Auto Show with sales beginning in early 2013 for the 2014 model year.