Tokyo motor show 2011 - Mazda Takeri
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 Takeri. 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 is claimed to improve fuel-efficiency by up to 10%.
In future, cars such as the new 6 will also employ more electrification, Mazda 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 recharges a battery when the power 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.