2013 Mazda6 MPS and two-door coupe under consideration

The new 2013 Mazda6 was revealed yesterday and there’s already talks of separate variants coming, including the usual wagon but also a coupe and a new lighter weight MPS performance variant.

Not only is a performance all-wheel drive MPS on the cards, there’s also word of a more conventional all-wheel drive option. Mazda program manager Hiroshi Kajiyama said in a recent Autocar report,

“There are no set plans, but we are studying the possibility of introducing all-wheel drive – it would be a good weapon with which to establish the brand.”

An all-wheel drive option would help the 6 take on the rivals with a more technical edge, as well as fulfill the demand in some international markets where all-wheel drive is a must due to the climate and conditions.

Also speaking with Autocar recently, Mazda chief designer Akira Tamatani said that there is no decision on a coupe at this stage, but said such a variant might not be far away. He said the first task is to make the sedan and wagon.

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As previously reported, a somewhat sporty four-door coupe version is likely, however, a two-door coupe would provide consumers with a definite sporty layout while still maintaining the Mazda6’s solid reputation.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.