However, Mazda's aggressive Shinari styling language, overseen by new design boss Ikuo Maeda, will take just 18 months to appear on its first for-sale vehicle. A Mazda source said the redesigned Mazda6 mid-sized sedan will carry heavy Shinari styling cues. It is slated to arrive in spring 2012. However, like most concept ideas, the Shinari design will be toned down a bit on the actual production car.
The Mazda6 is expected to carry over its existing platform with some re-engineering of its handling and braking characteristics, the source said.