Mazda Imaginative and prescient Coupe on ice as SUVs flip into precedence

Mazda is deploying its new rear-pushed system and straight-6 engines for the CX-60 SUV and three extra fashions to watch, however a creation version of the agency’s admired Imaginative and prescient Coupé precept appears considerably unlikely, 5 a few years instantly after its reveal – and it’s no shock that SUVs are responsible.

The Eyesight Coupé was uncovered on the Tokyo motor present in 2017 as a flagbearer for the marque’s new Kodo format language – which has contemplating the truth that been deployed on a raft of producing designs such because the Mazda MX-30 EV, Mazda 3 hatchback and all-new CX-60. 

It adopted within the footsteps of 2015’s extra effectiveness-oriented RX Eyesight idea, and equally promoted the Japanese agency’s ‘much less is extra ethos’. The agency by no means ever categorically stated it ready to set the idea into manufacturing, however it was imagined to intently preview the following-era Mazda 6 saloon, which was owing to decide on on the BMW 5 Sequence with a brand new collection of inline-six engines.

However now, Mazda has shifted goal to growing extra well-known SUV merchandise within the vein of its new CX-60 flagship – the very first design in its line-up to make use of the natively rear-driven structure, dashing hopes for a lower-slung, rakish saloon to rival 5-door coupés within the vein of the Volkswagen Arteon and Mercedes-Benz CLA. 

Mazda Europe’s Joachim Kunz defined: “This SUV craze is continuous, and even far more for Mazda. It’s what’s promoting biggest.

“It could be very nice… to have the FR [front-engine, rear-driven] notion and six-cylinder engine for a Mazda 6 successor or a giant sports activities coupé. We want to have it, however at this subject in time, it’s most essential to market SUVs.”

Kunz’s remarks elevate points concerning the chance of a successor to current day Mazda 6, which was launched in 2012 and intensely present in 2018. Mazda has confirmed two new types to comply with the CX-60 into European dealerships: the rotary-run assortment-extender mannequin of the MX-30 and the 7-seat mannequin of the CX-60, which can use the CX-80 badge. Within the meantime, it can begin the broader CX-70 and CX-90 SUVs, additionally atop the rear-drive structure.