After sitting in the backwaters of the mid-size sedan segment for far too long, Mazda has revealed its all new 6 model today at the Paris Motor Show with dramatic styling and a focus on light weight.
Shown here in wagon form (in a new Soul Red Metallic paint), the sedan weighs just 3,100 lbs, making it by far the lightest mid-size model available. What isn’t clear however, is if it will be able to keep the pounds off once it arrives in North America equipped with our safety equipment.
With so little weight, even the car’s base 148-hp 2.0-liter SkyActiv 4-cylinder shouldn’t be horrible, though we won’t find out as the base engine set to power the new car in the US is a 2.5-liter SkyActiv motor with 189-hp.
Mazda is also preparing to launch the 6 (even in North America) with a new SkyActiv-D diesel engine. The 2.2-liter 4-cylinder will make 149-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque in a base form while a higher performance model will deliver 173-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Helping take fuel economy to the next level, the 2014 Mazda 6 also introduces the brand’s new i-ELOOP start-stop system and regenerative braking system, as well as a suite of available safety technologies including Lane Departure Warning and a Radar Cruise control system that when paired with Smart City Brake Support will allow the car to autonomously engage the brakes fully if a collision is deemed imminent.
It’s not yet clear if Mazda’s i-ELOOP and start-stop systems will make their way to America. Less likely is the Mazda6 Wagon hitting out shores. Impressive as the new 6’s design is, seeing it in wagon form it’s hard not to think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the pond.