Mazda Takeri will become new 6
Sources at the highest level have revealed to What Car? that apart from some minor details – such as door handles and mirrors – the new 6 will look almost identical to the striking Takeri concept car. The new 6 will be the second car to use the company’s ‘Kodo’ design language, following the new CX-5 SUV.
It will eventually be available in three bodystyles: hatch, saloon and estate, and like all future Mazdas will use Skyactiv technology. This new tech is designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, by using lightweight construction and high-tech diesel and petrol engines. It will include a stop-start system and a new brake-energy regeneration system called i-Eloop, which claims to improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%.
In future, cars such as the new 6 will also employ more electrification, Mazda’s research and development boss, Hirotaka Kanazawa, told us. A plug-in hybrid version is likely within five years and such technology will also be used on the CX-5.
He also revealed that the company is considering using range-extender technology, similar to that fitted to the new Vauxhall Ampera, where a petrol engine powers a battery when the charge runs out. The engine used for this could even be a new version of Mazda’s rotary engine, last seen in the RX-8. ‘Rotaries are good for range extenders because they are compact, light and powerful’ he said.
However, despite being on the brink of putting an all-electric Mazda 2 on sale in Japan, the company has no plans to sell it elsewhere or produce bigger all-electric cars.