It’s no secret that the current Mazda6 is overdue for a replacement, and sales of Mazda’s midsize offering have been unimpressive in recent years. That’s a shame, because the Mazda6 was class-leading when the previous generation debuted in 2002. Over the years, Mazda has seemingly lost focus with the Mazda6, to the point where it’s no longer competitive with offerings from Ford, Toyota or even Hyundai.
Enter the Mazda Takeri, a concept that will be shown at this year’s Tokyo Auto Show. While the Takeri is just a concept, there’s reason to believe that the styling of the next Mazda6 will borrow heavily from the lines of the concept sedan. We say that’s a good thing, since the current 6’s styling blends too well into the background. Mazda needs a standout midsize sedan to draw the faithful back to the brand.
A word of caution, however: Mazda seems to be focused more on fuel economy than on performance these days, so don’t expect a high-output engine in the next gen 6. We will get a diesel variant, likely a turbodiesel, and it’s possible that the production Mazda6 will even use the Takeri’s regenerative braking system to reduce electrical load and boost fuel economy.
Expect the Takeri to make its North American debut at January’s Detroit Auto Show.