Mazda is considering a return of the turbocharged Mazda6 MPS, according to whispers coming out of Europe.
According to UK mag Auto Express, Mazda6 program manager Hiroshi Kajiyama has suggested that a future performance flagship is on the cards.
“There is a high potential for this, and it would be helpful to the brand,” Kajiyama said.
A performance model would likely employ an all-wheel-drive layout, though it is unclear whether a diesel or petrol engine would provide motive force.
The 132kW/400Nm diesel version of the current 6 has been the range’s performance leader since its 2008 launch, and this could continue with a tweaked version of the new model’s 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D engine.
However, a strategy similar to the previous MPS model’s 2.3 litre turbocharged petrol engine could also be employed.
Kajiyama also suggested that further performance-boosting weight reductions are possible for the model, beyond the 50kg reduction already achieved in the base car.
The higher price-point of the flagship model could permit the use of costlier aluminium or composite exterior panels to achieve this weight reduction.
A performance flagship using lightweight panels would be in line with Kajiyama’s high expectations for the 6 range; “the CX-5 heightened the brand position. This car has to raise it further again.”
For now, only sedan and wagon bodystyles have been revealed, with the sleek roofline of the new model ruling out the continuation of a hatch model.
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