Rare Rides: The Xedos 6, a Small Luxury Mazda From 1996

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides the xedos 6 a small luxury mazda from 1996

While researching information for the recently featured Mazda Lantis, your author came across some other Nineties forbidden fruit from the good people at Mazda. Particularly interesting was the Xedos 6, which, like the similar-looking Millennia, was also a part of Mazda’s early Nineties luxury push.

The Xedos was actually a range of two cars from Mazda, designed to appeal to the compact and midsize premium sedan customer globally. The smaller of the two was Xedos 6, but there was also the Xedos 9 – you’d call it Millennia. Both cars were also sold as Eunos models in the right-hand drive markets of Japan and Australia, where Eunos was launched as Mazda’s Lexus-fighting luxury brand. The 6 was the Eunos 500, and the 9 was the 800. We’ll leave the 9/800/Millennia for another day.

Xedos 6 was launched in 1992, after it was introduced in Eunos 500 form at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show. Eunos versions were first up for production, along with other right-hand-drive versions for the UK, badged as Mazda Xedos. Left-hand drive versions did not enter production until 1993. At the time, Mazda planned to market the 6 under the Amati brand in certain markets (like the US), but for considerable economic reasons in Japan, that plan didn’t pan out. North America never received the premium compact Xedos 6.

Underneath the Xedos was a unique platform designated CA, which was developed solely for Eunos. Derived from the more plebeian 626 platform, it was also developed into the CB used for the previously featured Lantis. The car launched with a 2.0-liter 144-horsepower V6 which was not the same one used in the Lantis. Later on, a lesser 1.6-liter I4 arrived, which offered 114 horses. For the Japanese market, the 1.6 was skipped in favor of another tiny V6, which produced 138 horses from its 1.8 liters. After 1994, another new engine debuted as the base Japanese engine, a 1.8-liter I4. The final engine shuffling, the four-cylinder 1.8 replaced the V6 1.8. Transmissions on offer were a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.

Labeling and dealership changes occurred in 1996, when Mazda discontinued the Eunos brand exercise. The 500 was renamed to Mazda Eunos 500, and brought back to Mazda dealers. It continued in production until 1999. Branding had returned to normal by the late Nineties, luxury aspirations dashed. The official replacement for the Xedos 6 was the 626/Capella.

Today’s Rare Ride is for sale in the sunny south of France. With V6, 127,000 miles, and manual transmission it asks $3,651.

[Images: seller]

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  • Wolf Wolf on Dec 30, 2020

    For Euro-standards, this car is not-so-old, and "quite powerful". Anything above 100/110HP is going to cost more in insurance. Driver licence is at 18 in France, and until 25 quite costly. Many drivers will stick with cars in the 40-60HP range until 21 at least. The median price for the first/second car is more in the 1000-2000 Euro range, with a focus on small cars. Gasoline is currently at 6.5USD/Gallon, and minimum wa Cars like the Peugeot 106 will drive at 85Mph for hours with 60HP. This car will more surely find a Mazda enthusiast looking for a cheap car and with some years of insurance bonus.

  • Wolf Wolf on Dec 30, 2020

    For Euro-standards, this car is not-so-old, and "quite powerful". Anything above 100/110HP is going to cost more in insurance. Driver licence is at 18 in France, and until 25 quite costly. Many drivers will stick with cars in the 40-60HP range until 21 at least. The median price for the first/second car is more in the 1000-2000 Euro range, with a focus on small cars. Gasoline is currently at 6.5USD/Gallon, and minimum wage at 1500$/month. Cars like the Peugeot 106 will drive at 85Mph for hours with 60HP. This car will more surely find a Mazda enthusiast looking for a cheap car and with some years of insurance bonus.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
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  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?
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