There’s been a rumor floating round for some time now that Mazda — the corporate that now makes 5 indistinguishable crossovers, the Mazda 3 and the Miata — has seen god and can ship to us a rear-wheel-drive, inline-six-powered sport sedan with design impressed by the breathtaking RX-Imaginative and prescient idea from seven years in the past. Yeah, that is not occurring.
The affirmation comes courtesy of Mazda Europe growth and engineering government Joachim Kunz, who advised Autocar what you and I already know: SUVs are scorching, sedans aren’t, and, in the event that they had been, the model would possibly rely multiple in its lineup already. By way of CarBuzzwhich noticed the quote within the auto publication’s newest print version:
“It could be very good… to have the FR [front-engine, rear-driven] idea and six-cylinder engine for a Mazda 6 successor or a big sports activities coupe,” he advised the journal. “We want to have it, however at this cut-off date, it is most necessary to promote SUVs.” He expands on the latter assertion: “This SUV pattern is continuous, and much more for Mazda. It is what’s promoting greatest.”
What makes Kunz’ completely predictable commentary sting even worse is that in a single fell swoop, he not solely eradicated the prospect of the legendary rear-wheel-drive Mazda 6, however additionally a “giant sports activities coupe.” Meaning a manufacturing model of the RX-Imaginative and prescient is off the desk as nicely — a disgrace, seeing as how the RX-Imaginative and prescient is as near good as a automotive can look. Shed a tear for the RX-Imaginative and prescient GT3 too, whilst you’re at it.
Positive, we might all see this coming from lots of of miles away; positive, you would dash up behind anybody on the road, seize them by the shoulders, spin them round and ask, fevered and urgently, if the Mazda sports activities sedan was actually coming and so they’d let you know with no second’s pause that such a proposition could be ridiculous on this market. They’d additionally in all probability say one thing like “why’d you contact me, what the fuck is unsuitable with you?” although that half would come after the reply, which they’d positively give as a result of it was so apparent to actually everybody.
Sadly, generally you wish to consider one thing so badly that you simply purchase into the dream irrespective of how unlikely it could be. The auto trade has been extremely inclined to that as of late, as a result of every thing is pricey and several other genres of vehicles are dying gradual deaths. Likelihood is that in the event you favored the concept of the rear-wheel-drive Mazda sedan, you are in all probability not happy with the state of issues.
The Mazda 6 is formally useless, in any case — as soon as the producer sells by its current 2021 inventory, that is it. The diesel Skyactiv-D got here and went like a flash within the night time for the CX-5 in North America and by no means made it to the 6; the breakthrough Skyactiv-Xa triumphant center finger to anybody who thought inside combustion engine design had gone so far as it might presumably go, has been saved from our shores as a result of Mazda believes Individuals will not compromise energy for effectivity. Which I am keen to wager might be true, even in the present day, Finest snap up a Mazda 3 Turbo earlier than that good-looking hatch winds up in the identical place these neat engines did.