The next generation Mazda6 will officially be unveiled in the French capital.
We've seen the spy shots and the Takeri concept, which is a clear indicator of the styling for the next generation Mazda6 sedan. So when is the production version going to launch? According to a report coming from Car and Driver, Mazda has just announced that the new 6 sedan will launch in 2013 as a 2014 model. This announcement comes just as the 2012 New York Auto Show is about to kick off, where the Takeri concept is making its North American auto show debut.
We'll see the upcoming production version debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show next September. The 6 sedan is entering a highly competitive segment and with Mazda having financial difficulties these days since their separation from Ford, it's quite clear the new sedan needs to be a hit. So far, however, all signs are pointing in a positive direction. The 2014 Mazda6 will not only feature the Japanese automaker's new styling language (which debuted on the CX-5), but also a slew of advanced technologies such as a SkyActiv engine and SkyActiv automatic transmissions. There's even going to be a six-speed manual option for enthusiasts.
No word on whether the SkyActiv diesel will be offered, but it's highly likely we'll see it as an option in the CX-5 later this year. From the combination of the Takeri concept's looks and those driver (and fuel-saving) enthusiast technologies, the upcoming Mazda6 could just be that one car no one saw coming which also simply blows away the competition. Photos displayed are of the 2011 Mazda Takeri Concept and spy shots of the new Mazda6.