Oh Look, It's The 2014 Mazda6 Yet Again
Now that we’ve finally got real pictures of the 2014 Mazda6, powertrain details have emerged as well. For anyone who thought the 2.0L Skyactiv 4-cylinder was underpowered, there’s good news.
The base 2.0L will be joined by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine using Skyactiv technology, making 189 horsepower. That doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but it’s in line with offerings from other Japanese and Korean competitors, and should deliver strong fuel economy numbers. Sources tell us that this engine could also end up in the Mazda CX-5 at some point.
The 2.2L Skyactiv diesel engine also exists, and has been all but confirmed for the next Mazda6. Automotive News reports that this engine will be pitched as the premium offering in the Mazda6, and will launch later on down the road – likely a few months after the gasoline versions come to market.
Why are modern cars styled in such a way that there's no way in hell anyone over 6'' tall can fit in the back without banging their head against the glass?
That's a good looking car. I've had a couple of Mazdas, as have a number of relatives. We've had very good luck with them without exception. The first generation was so much fun to drive and a nice size and quite the looker. The U.S. spec 2nd gen was the least appealing car Mazda has ever produced.
Wow are up to 2014 Already!! But they will probably change this car twice over before then.
I've been following news of this car pretty closely and am surprised that not everyone has - I think the car looks amazing. The long hood is not just crash regulations; it's to accommodate the over-sized 4-2-1 header on the skyactiv engines. The current Mazda 3 does not have space under the hood for the 4-2-1 header. Of course, the upside of this is that the car looks different to most others out there, I like it. As for cabin space; Mazda did wonders with the CX-5 on their new platform, from the proportions and dimensions I can't imagine the new 6 will be class leading, but it looks like it will be competitive. The new skyactivs have decent low down torque - 190lb peak, but with lots available low down, a 6 speed fast changing automatic and lighter than any competitor, I think the 2.5 will be enough. The 2.0 will likely feel a little weak. Of course I'm waiting for the AWD diesel station wagon with stick and heated seats that aren't leather, without navigation, with an adaptive chassis, at only $20,000. Why does no-one produce the car I want?!!! (I do love that the only people who would buy an awd diesel stick stationwagon reside on enthusiast forums :))