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Mazda Vision Coupe on ice as SUVs become priority

Mazda is deploying its new rear-pushed system and straight-6 engines for the CX-60 SUV and 3 much more styles to observe, but a production model of the firm’s admired Eyesight Coupé idea seems increasingly unlikely, 5 a long time soon after its reveal – and it is no surprise that SUVs are to blame.

The Vision Coupé was disclosed at the Tokyo motor demonstrate in 2017 as a flagbearer for the marque’s new Kodo structure language – which has considering that been deployed on a raft of creation models which include the Mazda MX-30 EV, Mazda 3 hatchback and all-new CX-60. 

It adopted in the footsteps of 2015’s a lot more effectiveness-oriented RX Vision concept, and likewise promoted the Japanese firm’s ‘less is a lot more ethos’. The business never categorically reported it prepared to set the thought into generation, but it was imagined to closely preview the upcoming-generation Mazda 6 saloon, which was due to consider on the BMW 5 Series with a new selection of inline-six engines.

But now, Mazda has shifted target to establishing additional preferred SUV models in the vein of its new CX-60 flagship – the 1st model in its line-up to use the natively rear-driven architecture, dashing hopes for a reduced-slung, rakish saloon to rival 5-door coupés in the vein of the Volkswagen Arteon and Mercedes-Benz CLA. 

Mazda Europe’s Joachim Kunz claimed: “This SUV development is continuing, and even a lot more for Mazda. It is what is providing very best.

“It would be quite nice… to have the FR [front-engine, rear-driven] thought and six-cylinder motor for a Mazda 6 successor or a large sports activities coupé. We would like to have it, but at this stage in time, it’s most significant to provide SUVs.”

Kunz’s remarks elevate concerns about the chance of a successor to present day Mazda 6, which was released in 2012 and heavily current in 2018. Mazda has verified two new products to abide by the CX-60 into European dealerships: the rotary-driven variety-extender edition of the MX-30 and the seven-seat model of the CX-60, which will wear the CX-80 badge. Meanwhile, it will start the broader CX-70 and CX-90 SUVs, also atop the rear-drive architecture.

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