Mazda is already making good on its pledge to introduce five new models by March 2016, with the Mazda 2 hatchback already in production, and new versions of the Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover, CX-9 crossover, and MX-5 Miata roadster all expected within the next two years. Now, a report from Auto Express suggests that a sportier and more luxurious Mazda 6 coupe variant could be in the product pipeline to help the Japanese automaker broach the premium marketplace.
Although we’ve heard in the past that Mazda was interested in producing a global premium compact, based on the Mazda 2 platform and positioned between the B-segment 2 and C-segment Mazda 3, this is the first rumor we’ve come across about a Mazda 6 coupe. Auto Express speculates that the possible Mazda 6 coupe would heavily draw from the 2010 Shinari concept (pictured above) for its styling, while using existing Skyactiv gasoline and diesel engines for power.
Currently, the Mazda 6 sedan uses a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine making 184 hp and 189 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.
The rumored Mazda 6 coupe would conceivably compete with the BMW 4-Series if it were more premium than the sedan, but this might be a bit of a stretch. It’s more likely that a premium Mazda would take the form of the aforementioned global compact, which would face off with the Mini Cooper.
A Mazda spokesperson would not lend credence to the Mazda 6 coupe rumor, refusing to comment on future product plans. The spokesperson also remained vague about the status of the repeatedly delayed Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D diesel sedan, saying that it was still in the works and Mazda hoped to be able to make a statement soon.