Redesigned Mazda6 gets direct injection
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LOS ANGELES -- The redesigned 2014 Mazda6 will be powered by a high-compression direct-injection gasoline engine, the company said today.
The car, due in U.S. showrooms in the first quarter of 2013, will have the full suite of the automaker's Skyactiv technologies, which include a fuel-efficient powertrain and lightweight chassis.
The sheet metal will be "strongly influenced" by the Takeri concept car on display at the New York auto show, Mazda said. The Takeri is notable for muscular front fenders and the trapezoidal grille that is the new face of Mazda vehicles.
The production version will debut at the Paris auto show in September.
Mazda did not announce displacement or power of the engine. A six-speed manual transmission will be available.
Although Mazda executives declined to confirm that a diesel version of the Skyactiv engine will also be offered in the U.S. market, they praised the strong sales performance of the VW Passat TDI as showing that Americans are willing to have diesels in their family sedans.
Robert Davis, senior vice president of Mazda’s U.S. operations group, said prototypes of Skyactiv diesel engines have generated 160hp and 310 pound-feet of torque in testing.
Mazda says it is targeting best-in-class fuel economy for the car, which should put highway fuel-economy ratings at about 35 mpg or higher. The current Mazda6 gets 30 mpg on the highway when equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission.
"The all-new 2014 Mazda6 will be the latest Mazda to break out of its segment's monotonous mold and be fiercely competitive versus the current sales leaders," Jim O'Sullivan, CEO of Mazda North American Operations, said in a statement.
The Mazda6 will be the automaker's second vehicle with the full suite of Skyactiv technologies. The CX-5 has all Skyactiv technologies and went on sale in late February.
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