2011 Mazda Takeri Concept
Mazda’s Takeri Concept vehicle may be on the stand at the 2012 New York Auto Show, on display for the U.S. market, but its Big Apple appearance sets the stage for the world debut this fall at the 2012 Paris Motor Show of the next-generation 2014 Mazda6 five-passenger mid-size sedan.
Our sister publication MotorAuthority has more details, released by Mazda today, but we’re struck by the fact that the Japanese automaker is priming a European auto show five months in advance of the event.
That observation aside, the big news for U.S. family car buyers is that the all-new Mazda6 sedan will have “strong” Takeri Concept design influence, will feature the full suite of SKYACTIV technologies, and is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2013 as a 2014 model.
What we know so far is that the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine will be available with two transmissions, the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual and SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. Consumers looking for the turbodiesel SKYACTIV engine featured in the Takeri Concept, however, will be disappointed. As MotorAuthority points out, Mazda has confirmed the turbo won’t be part of the powertrain mix – at least, not yet.
Stay tuned for further details on specifications and pricing of the 2014 Mazda6 closer to its on-sale date here.
In the meantime, check out the spy photos of the all-new Mazda6 in prototype form, on MotorAuthority.