Really agree with this. If they don't release something new, they'll likely be left behind. Bringing some of the design and changes from the CX-9 in would be a hit, I think. The exterior design of the CX-9 has gotten rave reviews and the interior refinement is above its direct competitors. Would love to see a Signature trim with the auburn Nappa leather and rose wood trim. The turbo 4 would obviously be a big hit, too. Gotta think that Mazda wouldn't wait a full two model years to bring that over to other models.I don't think Mazda can go another year without a major refresh. Almost all their competitors have had major refreshes since the 3rd gen 6 came out.
I would love to see another mazdaspeed variety. I loved my Mazdaspeed 3 and had it been closer would've gotten another one of them this past weekend as opposed to the 2016 mazda 6 I now have. But alas I have what I have and will enjoy it for what it is until I can afford a sportier car and turn this over to my oldest when he turns 16. I also think they are missing out on a large market not having a "speed" variety of car in their lineup....so I hope you're right.Really agree with this. If they don't release something new, they'll likely be left behind. Bringing some of the design and changes from the CX-9 in would be a hit, I think. The exterior design of the CX-9 has gotten rave reviews and the interior refinement is above its direct competitors. Would love to see a Signature trim with the auburn Nappa leather and rose wood trim. The turbo 4 would obviously be a big hit, too. Gotta think that Mazda wouldn't wait a full two model years to bring that over to other models.
Mazda is not looking to stay in economy cars. They are going up-market.There wont be any MazdaSpeeds in near future, and when they do launch one, it will be a mazdaspeed3 before speed6. There might be a market for high performance economy cars, but there are plenty of contenders already. As much as i'd love to see another Speed3/Speed6, Mazda's priority will be SUVs ,compacts and mid-sizes in that order. They need to sell lots of units to remain independent and stay profitable. I wouldn't be too surprised if Mazda goes the Honda way with M6 and M3 sharing the same platform.
Before you say that, Honda currently uses the Civic chassis for their Acura ILX compact. You also have the Audi A3 and BMW 2 series in the compact market. I think Mazda can upmarket the 3 and still stay within reason price-wise.Mazda is not looking to stay in economy cars. They are going up-market.
If they do decide to go "luxury", then they will be slugging it out with likes of Mercedes and Jaguars, and no matter how hard Mazda tries, they cannot overcome near century old history and brand recognition of luxury german or english marques or a history of no-compromise high quality of Lexus. Mazda may try to go "premium" aka Acura and Infiniti, but they will need decent set of motors and tons of cash to create a new brand awareness. The next big thing in automotive industry is electrics and self driving cars, by 2020 Mazda will have to switch its focus towards the possibility of a post-internal combustion engine and driverless car world. They dont have $$ to create a hybrid, let alone full electric vehicle. So spending cash on creating a new brand identity of Speed models may not be their priority. My guess is they will sell themselves to a bigger company within the next 10 yrs. They cannot sustain and develop at the current volumes for long.Mazda is not looking to stay in economy cars. They are going up-market.
I agree with you...100%.I don't necessarily buy that higher CAFE will equal less exciting cars. If anything it may lead to lighter more efficient AND exciting cars. Moving from steel to carbon fibre and pushing tech further. I'm not saying I won't miss NA engines, but who knows maybe once Mazda gets more of a foothold in their strategy and makes more money they'll come out with engine tech beyond HCCI.
Pure horsepower doesn't mean pure enthusiasm. It's a combination of traits. And that's what I think Mazda continues to pursue. I personally like the low weight route. Improves handling and tossability. Every time I read or watch a review that focuses on horsepower and speed I laugh. It's great fun to dream that we all live on the Autobahn or next to the Laguna Seca but the truth is the majority of enthusiasts live in traffic and speed limits. That's why a car like the Miata is such a great drive.
As long as a car is responsive, quick and tossable, I'm happy. IMO.
That doesn't imply that. Mazda has introduced engine upgrades in the past that don't coincide with the gen change. Mazda has already said that the Mazda6 will be getting the Diesel soon after the CX-5 so there will be 2 engine option with the 4th gen.According to this Automotive News article, SkyActiv 2 will be delivered by March 2019. While that doesn't preclude that it'll be available in 2018, it's looking more likely that the SkyActiv 2 sweet won't be launching for another 2 years....Which implies the 2018 Mazda 6 will still be the Gen 3 model.