On the heels of Mazda’s newest debut, the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 sedan in Moscow, comes news there may be more. According to a report in Autocar, Mazda design chief Akira Tamatani suggested the possibility of a coupe version of the new Mazda6 was very real. Tamatani said the first priority would be the sedan and wagon versions: “There is no decision, but I would love to make one. The first job is to make the saloon and estate, but from this position a coupe is not so far away.”
The coupe would be a four-seater, and would feature the same Skyactiv efficiency strategy that will eventually encompass every new Mazda model. Mazda’s program manager Hiroshi Kajiyama added that all-wheel-drive systems could also be in the cards. “There are no set plans, but we are studying the possibility of all-wheel-drive. It would be a good weapon with which to establish the brand.” Kajiyama said he believes “there is a very strong opportunity for us if we bring it to market.”
While U.S. model specifications of the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 have yet to be released, there’s a good chance the models will employ the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder gasoline engines. Mazda has said it will bring a Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S., and there was some speculation that the diesel could land in the 2014 Mazda Mazda6, but it’s probable the first car to utilize the engine will be the Mazda CX-5. And while it’s likely the 2014 Mazda CX-5—slated to go on sale sometime next year—would be the first recipient, the Mazda6 could very well be next in line.