Report: Mazda May Make the 6 Coupe. Should It?

August 29, 2012
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We've already seen the 2014 Mazda 6 sedan and wagon, the former of which is currently on stage at the Moscow Motor Show, and the latter of which will debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. Even with both of those variants pretty much done, we hear that Mazda is already thinking about a third--a 6 coupe.
Autocar reports from Moscow that Mazda chief designer Akira Tamatani says such a car is potentially in the works. Tamatani said that a four-seat, two-door 6 wouldn't go on sale until 2014, at least a year after the January 2013 launch of the 6 sedan and wagon. While the wagon is out of the question for U.S. markets, a coupe option seems more palatable for American buyers, although no decision has been made.
If the 6 coupe does lift off, it won't have much competition. Since the death of the Toyota Solara back in 2009 and no plans from Nissan to renew the Altima Coupe, the mid-size coupe market now belongs to Honda with its Accord Coupe. It appears that a 6 coupe would corner the market on fuel efficiency while the new Accord Coupe will go for more powerful engines: the most powerful engine in the Russian-spec 6 has 189 horsepower from a 2.5-liter Skyactiv I-4, while the Accord Coupe will have a 271-horse, 3.5-liter V-6 underhood. Still, 6 promises up to 40 mpg combined, while the American Accord Coupe will probably fall short of that rating.
Also in the works for the new Mazda 6: possible all-wheel drive. Considering that Mazda already offers all-wheel drive in its CX-5 crossover, it might not be a stretch for the company to offer such a system in the 6. If that does happen in the sedan--which is still a big "if"--it'll be one of only two sedans on the market in the states that offer that feature. The other is the top-spec 2013 Ford Fusion with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four.
What do you think--should the Accord Coupe continue to be a market of one, or is there room for one more challenger?
Source: Autocar


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