The Revival of the Luxury Mazda 6 Sedan is Dead Again - Latest Global News

The Revival of the Luxury Mazda 6 Sedan is Dead Again

Since Mazda Although it was confirmed that a rear-wheel drive architecture for large cars was being worked on, hopes were high that the automaker would develop a new rear-wheel drive sports sedan.

The on-again, off-again, off-again saga seems to be going wrong once again.

According to Mazda’s annual report presentation released last week, the company described the launch of the CX-80 in Japan, Europe and Australia as “completing our four major product lineups worldwide.”

Now that the five-seat narrow-body CX-60 and seven-seat CX-80, as well as the five-seat wide-body CX-70 and seven-seat wide-body CX-90 have been launched in their respective markets, Mazda will make “comprehensive development and enhancement efforts the volume of large products” to around 200,000 cars per year.

With its statement last week, Mazda appeared to refute reports in the Japanese press that the company was developing a rear-wheel-drive successor to the well-respected but aging 6 Series sedan and wagon.

The current front-wheel-drive 6 Series was launched back in 2012 and has been withdrawn from many key markets, including Japan and North America, although it remains in production for Australia and some other markets.

In 2022, Mazda bucked automotive trends with a rear- and all-wheel drive platform with a longitudinal engine layout, as well as new inline-six gasoline and diesel engines with support for mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations.

Hopes for a rear-wheel drive sedan were last raised in September 2023, when Best Car Web reported that the success of the CX-90 encouraged Mazda executives to approve a new four-door, top-of-the-line coupe-style sports sedan that uses powertrains inherited from the full-size crossovers.

If our reading of the corporate tea leaves is correct, that means the only rear-wheel-drive Mazda sedan in the works is the EZ-6.

The EZ-6, recently unveiled at the Beijing auto show, appears to be a slightly redesigned Deepal SL03 from Mazda’s Chinese joint venture partner Changan.

Set to go on sale in China from late 2024, the EZ-6 is a rear-wheel-drive sedan-style liftback with a choice of plug-in hybrid and pure electric powertrains. The EZ-6 could be sold in Europe as the 6e, a name Mazda has registered there.

With the disappearance of the Ford Falcon in 2016, the Holden Commodore in 2017 and the Kia Stinger in 2023, Dodge is among the last mainstream brands in the world to offer a gasoline-powered, rear-wheel-drive large sedan.

Earlier this year, the company introduced the next generation of the Charger sedan and Charger coupe. While the hottest members of the new lineup will be pure electric variants, lower-power versions of the new Charger will be available with the company’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six engine.

Pricing for the new Charger hasn’t been announced yet, but the previous model started at $35,325 ($52,800) for the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6, while the V8 models start at $42,960 ( 64,200 US dollars) were available.

For comparison, the V6 Holden Commodore Evoke started at $35,490 ($42,900 today), while a manual V8 Commodore SS started at $47,490 ($57,400 today) in 2017.

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