V6 engines were once favored over four cylinders because of their inherent power but Mazda and other automakers no longer practice this. Mazda will no longer install V-6 engines at its Mazda6 sedan for the third-generation 2014 model year in favor of the equally powerful and yet more fuel efficient four-cylinder engines.
According to spokesman Jeremy Barnes, auto manufacturers have been developing powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines, which are eyed to replace the V-6s in mid-sized sedans. The 2014 Mazda6 will feature Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, a combination of lightweight sporty chassis, high-compression direct-injection four-cylinder engines, new transmissions and others.
This resulted in a well-balanced co-existence of fuel economy and power, Barnes said in an e-mail. The present second-generation Mazda6 is being produced in the AutoAlliance International Inc. plant in Flat Rock, Mich., which is owned equally by Mazda and Ford Motor Co. The next-generation Mazda6, however, will be produced in Hiroshima, Japan and will arrive in the United States in the first quarter of 2012.
The 2014 Mazda6's sheet metal is expected to carry similar wide stance, muscular fenders and trapezoidal grille as those of the Mazda Takeri concept car, which previewed the future look of Mazda's next-generation vehicles. Aside from the current Mazda6, the other Mazda vehicle powered by a V6 and being sold in the US is the CX-9 mid-sized crossover.