The 6 is Mazda’s family sedan which has been around for a while now. The car received a major update with the 2017 model including not only a revised engine but also a brand new interior. Because of that, it is safe to assume the 2018 Mazda 6 won’t see any major changes, at least for the usual models. However, a while ago rumors started to surface about a new high-performance version of the car. It seems Mazda might release once again an MPS version for the 6. This would become the most powerful production 6 to date and it is expected to be their fastest model on sale when it will be released. Unfortunately there is still little official information about it but even so, there are plenty of rumors and inside details available about the car.
2018 Mazda 6 Rumors and Price
The MPS stands for “Mazda Performance Series” and it is the equivalent for the North American MazdaSpeed brand. It wouldn’t be the first time the Mazda 6 would get a performance version. Its predecessor was also available in MPS guise with a turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive. If the rumors are true then the history may repeat itself. The upcoming 2018 Mazda 6 MPS would provide not only more power than before but a much more capable chassis. It is a well-known fact the current generation of the car is one of the best driving models on the market. The MPS would include an even sportier suspension setting as well as better brakes. Combining these with better summer-performance tires then the MPS would easily become one of the most appreciated sports sedans on the market. The price is still unknown but considering the competition, it will easily go past $35,000.
Design of New Mazda6
While the regular version of the 2018 Mazda 6 won’t change much, the rumored MPS would. Mazda is well known for offering highly aggressive-looking cars but this hasn’t really been true lately. In fact, we can expect the 6 MPS to boast a rather restrained look which would make it even more impressive. Over the base model, the car will likely receive a new front bumper, with larger intakes and possibly air-routing channels, as well as a different rear bumper in order to accommodate larger twin exhaust pipes. A diffuser is possible but a rear trunk spoiler is unlikely as it would ruin the car’s understated appeal. The MPS is expected to come as standard with 19 inch unique light alloy rims. The grille might also be replaced with a honeycomb mesh one while on the hood we may see a scoop. This would allow the engine to breathe easier but more on that later.
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Inside the Cabin
Over the base model of the 6, the upcoming Mazda 6 MPS won’t add all that many features. It will still come with all the usual safety upgrades as well as the car’s incredibly good looking dashboard. There might be some differences though. For starters, it seems a new steering wheel might be installed. On top of that, the car could receive more supportive front seats, possibly provided by Recaro. The upholstery is also expected to be made out of suede stitching with contrasting thread. The end result should be one of the nicer cabins in its class.
2018 Mazda 6 Engine
The 2018 Mazda 6 will still get the same 2.0 and 2.5 liters naturally aspirated inline 4 engines as before. The European market, and possibly the US as well, will also receive a 2.2-liter turbodiesel which will provide not only great fuel economy but a good amount of pulling power as well. The big change will come in the form of the rumored MPS. It seems this model will receive Mazda’s 2.5 liters turbocharged inline 4 SkyActiv gas engine. This is currently in use on the CX-9 where it makes 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It seems the sedan will get a tweaked version of the same engine capable of closer to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. All of that power will be sent to an all wheel drive system via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Thanks to this gearbox alone the Mazda 6 MPS would easily become the best selling sports sedan on the market. An automatic is also possible but we doubt they will offer one considering where the market is heading.
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