By the end of 2015, Mazda plans to have nearly all of its vehicles utilize its Skyactiv technologies. The automaker is currently in the middle of a product blitz, with the implementation of a new product planning strategy. Mazda plans to update its lineup more frequently, including new powertrains, interior and exterior styling, or a combination of different enhancements.
First up for changes in the Mazda lineup include the Mazda6 and CX-5, both of which will get new interiors, as well as updated front fascias. The redesigned Mazda6 went on sale 18 months ago, while the CX-5 debuted two years ago and has yet to receive updates. For 2016, Mazda will show off a redesigned CX-9, along with the next-generation MX-5 Miata.
Subaru, on the other hand, will start production on its redesigned lineup by late 2015. The BRZ will be refreshed for the 2016 model year, while a convertible model is still under consideration. In order for the convertible to happen, the automaker will have to lengthen the wheelbase four inches to accommodate a rear seat.
The Impreza is set to have a mid-cycle refresh within the next year, and is expected to go on sale near the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017. Both the Outback wagon and Legacy sedan will be redesigned during the third quarter of 2014, and spy shots of both have already begun to surface. Perhaps the most noteworthy Subaru vehicles to receive updates are the WRX/STI versions of the popular Impreza. Both models are expected to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and hit showroom floors in early 2014.
Mitsubishi is also producing new vehicles, especially to fill the gaping holes throughout its lineup, including a possible new mid-size sedan and subcompact sedan. Currently, the i-MiEV will remain in the Mitsubishi lineup, even though sales for the electric vehicle remain slow. The Lancer will be redesigned for the 2016 model year, while the Lancer Evolution will continue to be on sale through the end of 2015.
The Mitsubishi Montero sport utility may be revived, with a possible redesigned model making its way to the U.S. by 2016. The subcompact sedan, which would be based on the new Mitsubishi Mirage, might make its debut as early as the beginning of the 2015 model year. It will be smaller than the Kia Rio sedan, and will have similar sheet metal to the Mitsubishi G4 concept.
Source: Automotive News