Mazda Finally Shows Redesigned Mazda6 in Full Production Guise
Midsize sedan will arrive next year as a 2014 model-year vehicle.
Now, though, the redesigned midsize sedan has been mostly revealed in full production trim ahead of its official bow at next month's Moscow auto show. The vehicle will arrive next year as a 2014 model, and will compete with a host of redesigned competitors, including the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.
Mazda is looking to claim the fuel-efficiency crown in the segment, meaning it will have to top the Altima, which currently boasts the highest fuel-economy rating with 38 mpg on the highway. Key to Mazda's success will be a proprietary regenerative braking system called i-ELoop, which transforms kinetic braking energy into electricity stored in a capacitor that powers the vehicle's lights, audio, transmission and engine-control systems, fuel pump and air conditioner.
According to an unnamed source quoted by Automotive News, the U.S. version of the Mazda6 is expected to boast a 2.5-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder mill as its base engine, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
[Source: Automotive News.]
Actually the key will be the Sky-D diesel engine. The i-ELOOP according to mazda's own engineers only accounts for up to 10% increase in fuel efficiency:
"In real-world driving conditions, which involve frequent acceleration and braking, i-ELOOP, a name derived from "Intelligent Energy Loop," will improve fuel economy by up to 10 percent."
One can read all about it here:
Overall it's a good evolution of the current design instead of throwing it away entirely.
Now, when will the new rotary engine be released?
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