December 10th, 2012 by Steve Cypher

The newest top of the line sedan from Mazda that was unveiled at the 2012 LA Auto Show appears ready to duke it out in the midsize category

Ready for prime time

Here at Lot Pro we have always wondered why Mazda could build such a fine compact sedan in the Mazda3 while seemingly overlooking the segment above it with nothing more than a mid pack-looking model.

That being said, it appears as though the Hiroshima-based manufacturer is finally getting serious about contending for the enthusiast looking for style in a larger vehicle. As so happens, this comes just in time, as Ford has already launched what we consider to be one of its best looking and handling sedans ever in the new 2013 Fusion.

2014 Mazda Mazda6

The previous-gen sixer was, as most Mazdas are, fun to drive, but for many of us it left more than a little to be desired in the styling department. Truth be told, the design elements it managed to evoke from Nagare looked much more at home on the smaller Mazda3.

But that, as they say, was then.

Hot on the heels of its CX-5 winning Car of the Year in Japan, Mazda had another treat in store for media types gathered on the west coast.

Shown in North America at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show just ten days after making its world debut in Japan, the latest-generation Mazda6 based on what it calls its Kodo design language is, indeed, a looker of the first order.

Mazda, however, was not content to rest on its laurels by introducing just its latest sedan. It also announced that its latest top-of-the-line sedan would offer Mazda’s latest Skyactiv oil burner.

“We’ve dangled the carrot long enough and we couldn’t be more excited to officially introduce North America to our latest next-generation product, the 2014 Mazda6, as well as showcase even more engineering accomplishments under our Skyactiv Technology umbrella with the Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine and i-ELOOP,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  “As Mazda continues to grow and Skyactiv Technology continues to offer real-world efficiency and performance, our Los Angeles announcements are only tips of the iceberg.  The best is yet come.”

i-ELOOP, by the way, is Mazda-speak for their capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system.

Availability and pricing

According to Mazda, the first examples arriving at new car dealers will be equipped with a Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter gasoline with the clean diesel version following sometime during the second half of the year.

Final specifications for all models, including new car prices, will be made available closer to the model’s on-sale date.

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