Will Mazda ever replace it?
It's only been off the market for a single year, but we already miss the Mazda 6 Sedan. Though the Mazda 6 (also called the Atenza) was discontinued in the United States, it's still available in other markets and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. To honor the sleek-looking mid-sizer, Australia and Japan will receive a special Mazda 6 20th Anniversary Edition in both the sedan and station wagon body styles.
The 20th Anniversary Edition comes with a choice between Mazda's latest premium color called Artisan Red or another recently created hue called Rhodium White. These luscious paints are created using the automaker's new Takuminuri three-layer painting technology. Of course, the classic Mazda Soul Red Metallic is also available on the standard 6.
Those exterior finishes are paired with 19-inch bright silver wheels and bright finished wheels, complimented by special fender badges to denote the special edition. Inside, the 20th Anniversary gets tan leather, but other colors are also available for the standard car. Some special edition touches in the cabin include embossed front headrests and matte brown trim. Overall, it's the same familiar and excellent interior we waved goodbye to last year.
Under the hood, Australian customers get a 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv-G four-cylinder that now produces 235 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The JDM model uses a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D diesel engine with 197 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
Orders for the Mazda 6 20th Anniversary Edition are now open with deliveries slated for the end of December. As 2023 approaches, the Mazda 6's future is still very much in question. The car was rumored to come back as a rear-wheel-drive model, but Mazda seems more focused on SUVs like the upcoming CX-90.
It won't be long before the Australian and Japanese markets follow suit and discontinue the Mazda 6. We can only hope Mazda is secretly working on a replacement.