Paris 2012: 2014 Mazda 6 is Ready to Fight Accord, Camry, Fusion

Mazda officially took the wraps off of the all-new 2014 6 sedan at the Paris Motor Show earlier today, and seeing it in the flesh only assures us that it will be one of the best-looking midsize sedans when it goes on sale.

It's no surprise that the new 6 is a looker – it is based very closely on the Takeri concept from the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show. Dictated by the brand's new kodo design language, the Mazda midsizer has flared front haunches, a sweeping profile, and a five-pointed grille outlined by brightwork flowing from the headlights.

When the 2014 Mazda 6 sedan goes on sale later this year (we won't get the wagon), it will be powered by the same 2.0-liter I-4 found in the Mazda 3 and CX-5, tuned to 148 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque and mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. An optional 2.5-liter four will also be available, rated at 189 hp and 189 lb-ft. Mazda promises that the smaller engine will manage to eke out roughly 39 to 40 mpg on the highway, while the 2.5-liter will come in around 37 mpg. All 2014 6 models will come equipped with the i-ELOOP system that incorporates both auto start/stop and brake regeneration to help save fuel.

Expect that the Mazda 6 will be one of the more engaging midsize sedans to drive – Mazda has worked to maintain the sporty driving feel that the brand is known for, and the new car is lighter than its predecessor. New for Mazda, however, will be a raft of safety features including adaptive headlights, city braking, and a lane-departure warning system.

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I'll be direct...I want the wagon.
What TonyG said- but I've been reading things from our Auzzie friends about the Mazda diesel that are making me think it won't be ready for primetime in a market that is hungry yet still largely skeptical of diesels. Apparently the skyD is prone to fuel dilution in the engine oil:
Andre Nathaniel
The 6 is seriously under powered. Mazdas tend to feel faster than the horsepower indicates, but driving enthusiasts may not test drive the 6 based on the horsepower number. A better strategy would have been to offer one turbo charged engine that offers 270 to 300 HP.
Geoffrey Swenson
I really wish they would bring the wagon, because that's the one I want. I don't like sedans, they are impractical and boring.
Mazda makes interesting vehicles, and far be it for me to offer them advice on the 6. That said, here goes, :-) Don't offer the 2.0 engine in the U.S. Bring in the 2.5 and offer the diesel as the premium engine. Bring in the wagon, perhaps as diesel only if cost dictates. This will create a stronger niche for Mazda to go along with this fine design.

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