Mazda have confirmed that the Skyactiv 2.2 litre engine (diesel) will be available for the 2013 Mazda 6 to consumers in America from late summer next year. This announcement was made at the LA Auto Show where the company unveiled the Mazda 6 2014 model. The current model that is available from early 2013 comes with a 2.5 liter Skyactiv Petrol engine.
There are also whispers that a Coupe version of the Mazda 6 will be available from 2014. It is thought this will be as a direct challenge to the A5 from Audi. There are further rumors still; with an MPS model said to be a work in progress.
The new design and image of the Mazda 6 shows that the model is veering towards a coupe look with the macho grille at the front. Despite the fact the car sits comfortably in the saloon category.
Hiroshi Kajiyama who is Mazda’s program manager was said to have stated that the brand’s market position has been made higher by the CX-5 model. This was reported from the Moscow Motor Show in late summer. This positioning needs to be further improved by the new Mazda 6.
In terms of engine capability and the all important horses, the new Mazda 6 is rumored to have bagged the 2.2 liter turbo-diesel Sport engine enabling it to reach 62mph in just under 8 seconds delivered by 174bhp. Additionally it is thought there may be an additional option of a 260bhp Skyactiv-G 2.0 liter petrol version.
The rumoured MPS model however is thought to have the potential to increase the bhp of this model further. The first MPS model which was released over 6 years ago was equipped with a 258 bhp petrol engine and 4×4 capability.
We need to wait at least another 12 months before the Mazda 6 coupe appears and it’s pretty clear that any MPS model that is going to be released will not appear until a least a quarter after.