Next Mazda 6

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The European press is now reporting that the new Mazda 6 will be based on the Ford Mondeo, not the US Fusion.
In a way, this is a strange move, the US Fusion being based on a platform derived from the current Mazda.

But this will make the new Mazda a pretty different car than the Fusion. Not a clone of it.
I think this is a great move.
It might also look even better than the Mondeo. (The picture above is just an illustration)
Again, a sedan, 5 door hatch and wagon models will be offered. Just like the Mondeo.

But I am not sure if the US will get all the versions.
We might also get a hybride version with a 2.5 Liter engine.

Conversation 26 comments

  1. i always like the current mazda design. this one looks like the sedan version of the cx-7. good job!

  2. From the spy shots I have seen, this illustration looks pretty close to the spy shots. I think that it’s a good idea that the 6 will get the platform that the Mondeo is on…It makes since to me…once it is time for the Fusion to get a new platform, it could move to the new 6 platform. I LOVE the hatch version of the 6 so I hope they keep it.

  3. The new Mazda 6 will surely be a good car, but I still think Mazdas have too much Ford in them now.
    Any Mazda that’s really a Ford in drag doesn’t appeal to me at all.

  4. I had a feeling it would be based on the Mondeo. I hope the prooduction version does’nt have such a large grill opening. The rest of the car looks pretty good though. By the way, how can you tell this is an illustration? Granted the picture is grainy and in black and white, but it looks like it could be an actual photo.

  5. HEY! THEY’RE DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD! I can’t wait for the new Mazda 6 to come out. I’m sure it’ll have the 3.5 v6 and 6spd auto. Has anyone heard if it’ll have an all wheel drive option?

  6. This car is beautiful. But I do wish that Ford would get some version of the european Mondeo though. I think the Mondeo could really help turn Ford around. Ford needs product right now. Not Mazda.

  7. Douchebag Jones said…

    of curse it’ll be a ford clone taht’s all maadas are clones of good american cars

    Name them all.

  8. Hey Douchebag Jones, with that dumb dumb commnt you made, which Mazda would be a clone of the new US Ford Focus & the 500…er… Taurus????

  9. All i want to say is that the current 6 is 100% based on the current Mondeo. I don’t know about the American Fusion, but since you say it shares its platform with the Mazda, then it also does with the Mondeo.

    @ndreas

  10. Douchebag Jones said…
    of curse it’ll be a ford clone taht’s all maadas are
    clones of good american cars.

    Hey just to let you know, Mazda6 is not a clone, if anything Fords are the clone. Mazda6 is the first to be built on this platform and it was built by Mazda.

    The CD3 (for “C/D-class”) is a Ford global midsize car automobile platform. It was designed by Mazda in association with Ford and debuted with the Mazda 6 sedan in early 2003.

  11. at a glance, looks like the same car. needs alot of style and panache to compete. I hope they get it right.

  12. Douchebag Jones said…

    of curse it’ll be a ford clone taht’s all maadas are
    clones of good american cars

    Mazda 3 = Ford ???
    Mazda 5 = Ford ???
    Mazda RX-8 = Ford ???
    Mazda MX-5 = Ford ???
    Mazda CX-7 = Ford ???

    Ford leaches off of Mazda, not the other way around…

  13. The Mazda 3 is based off of the C1 platform that the Euro Focus uses, and the 5 is based on the 3. The CX-7 is based on the 6 platform but that was also the basis for the Fusion triplets and Edge.

    I wish Ford would do something with the MX-5 platform though. Reflex anyone?

  14. I can do without the big mouth grill and the rx-8 fenders, but I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. The rest of the car looks good. I wish Mazda would take the front end of Vinces last illustration from a month ago and attach it to the a pillar back of this car.

  15. “Ford leaches off of Mazda, not the other way around”

    Uh, nope. Mazda uses Ford’s corporate platforms on most of their cars and trucks. Makes sense since Mazda is under Ford’s corporate umbrella.

  16. As Ford and Mazda cars become more intertwined, I think it’ll be a good thing for Ford because Mazda cars are superior.
    But at the same time, Mazdas are becoming too “Forded up” for me.
    I had a great ’91 Mazda Proteg√© and expected to replace it with a Mazda 6 a few years ago. But the Mazda 6i was a HUGE disappointment for several good reasons–mostly dealing with Ford parts that killed the performance and also the deal for me.
    So I bought an Accord which I think is a far superior car.

  17. “Ford leaches off of Mazda, not the other way around”

    Uh, nope. Mazda uses Ford’s corporate platforms on most of their cars and trucks. Makes sense since Mazda is under Ford’s corporate umbrella.

    Not to be an ass, but just to let you know Mazda uses their platform with some help from Ford and Volvo.

    Mazda3, Mazda5, and CX-7 is built on the C1 and this is a joint built platform.

    “The C platform was designed in Cologne, Germany as the “C Technologies Program”. Thirty engineers each from Mazda, Ford, and Volvo worked to combine the compact car engineering from all three automakers.”

    Mazda6 and CX-9 is built on CD3 platform. Which Mazda designed with help of Ford.

    “It was designed by Mazda in association with Ford “

    Tribute is based on CD2 platform which is a developed by both Mazda and Ford.

    “The Ford CD2 platform (for “C/D-class” and called U204 internally) is an automobile platform for crossover SUVs. It is the basis for the Mazda Tribute, Ford Escape, and Mercury Mariner, and was the first automobile platform jointly developed by Mazda and Ford”

    RX-8 uses its own platform. the SE
    and the MX-5(Miata) uses its own platform, the NB.

    The only one I’m not sure of it the Mazda B-series. That might be Ford made only since Ford has good trucks.

    So as you can see, Mazda does not leach off Ford. Most of the platform are from Mazda and couple are joint built with Ford/Volvo.

    Yes I know Ford owns parts of Mazda but doesnt mean they dont make their own platform.

  18. It amazes me how douchebagjones was able to get almost EVERYONE to change the topic of the Mazda 6 and get them talking about who steals who’s platform. DouchebagJones…who knew he had it in him.

  19. i’ve mentioned countless times that the mazda 6 will be based on the mondeo and i’ve only had a few people agree on this blog… eat your words.

  20. rx-8 mazda built mazda engine
    mx-5 mazda built mazda/ford engines(engines are mazda designed with ford cost cutting)
    mazda 2 mazda/ford ford engines
    mazda 3 mazda/ford (the orignal platform was designed by mazda and volvo and the only involvement ford had was cost cutting) mazda and ford engines.
    mazda 5 as above
    mazda 6 mazda built with mazda/ford engines
    the only problem mazda has at the moment is the poor quality ford parts on their vehicles

  21. the orignal 6 has always used the cd3 platform the next 6 and mondeo will be using a modified version

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