Mazda today gave us our best look yet at how the next-generation Mazda6 will take shape. Currently on display at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the Mazda Takeri Concept is meant to give us a window to the 2014 Mazda6. The automaker’s next generation midsize sedan will fully encompass the range of Skyactiv technologies, geared at maximum efficiency. Unlike the Takeri, which features Mazda’s Skyactiv-D diesel engine, the next-generation Mazda6 will feature a traditional 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. We can likely expect regenerative braking, a system that harnesses unused kinetic energy so it can be reapplied to power the car, along with start-stop technology to increase fuel economy.
The biggest challenge for Mazda may be getting the 2014 Mazda6 to mirror the Takeri’s alluring styling. The Takeri looks more Maserati than it does Mazda, but the Japanese automaker was able to deliver a faithful interpretation of the Minagi Concept—the 2013 Mazda CX-5. Like the Mazda3, the new Mazda6 will feature a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic. With the latest Skyactiv model to be released, the CX-5, Mazda was able to achieve class-leading fuel economy, something that it will also target with the Mazda6. More details about the upcoming midsize sedan should emerge in the run-up to the 2012 Paris Motor Show in late September, where Mazda plans to debut the global lineup of the new Mazda6.