The Mazda6 is clearly the favorite mid-size car among those who have tested it in the US market. What is it that makes this car such a clear leader?
A coupe built on a family-sedan platform with a mere two access portals? What is this? 1986? Not quite, but in 2016, according to a report in Auto Express, we could see a two-door coupe version of the Mazda 6 sedan. The fact that we have to specify that this potential 6 would be a two-door would undoubtedly confound our forefathers, but thanks to the efforts of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and the Volkswagen Group, a coupe taking the form of a four-door with a swoopy roof, built on a sedan platform, natch, seems to be the rule, rather than the exception.
When you drive the mid-size sedans in the US market one thing becomes obvious. The top 4 or 5 are all near-great for the money. A V6 Camry or a V6 Accord is a very capable car and can easily run away from BMWs and Audis costing more and even some of the Lexus and Acura models. They both have 0-60 times under six seconds and can also brake and turn pretty darn well. We have driven the Accord V6 manual on a track and were shocked by its capabilities.
Ignoring that, though, MT claims we’ll see a two-door Mazda6 in the second half of 2016. When that new variant arrives, it will be with an even more dramatic version of the sedan’s Kodo design language. Mazda could rely even more heavily on styling inspiration of the Shinari Concept, which already informs the design of the current 6 sedan, when the two-door model arrives.
Dropping a 6 coupe cherry on top of Mazda’s current product sundae suggests that the company is confident and willing to plant a flag in a field that most other manufacturers have all but abandoned. The rest of the industry may have bailed on the mid-size, two-door coupe for good reason, however, since the four-door is not considered the concession to adult stodginess that it once was. (Enter the now-clichéd “four-door coupe” genre.) Even if the end result is not a revival of the rotary-powered, rear-drive Cosmo sports car (which later morphed into a tech-laden grand tourer), it should prove attractive and sweet to drive, and we admire Mazda’s chutzpah for taking the risk.