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Posted Apr 25th 2008 8:06AM by Alex Nunez
Filed under: Sedans/Saloons, Mazda

Click above for a photo gallery of the 2009 Mazda6

Mazda has released the first photos and initial details on the new 2009 Mazda6. Designed specifically for North America, the car shares many cues with the Japanese and European-market cars that hit the scene over the last year. The car Americans and Canadians will drive is, in fact, bigger than its overseas counterparts. Visually, the front and rear fascias differ from the Japanese and European models as well. The USDM car gets a bisected grille and has its foglamps pushed out to the corners below the bumper. As we'd seen in spy photos, the car gets a completely different trunk, rear bumper, and exhaust treatment that's more appealing than the plainer setup Japanese and Europeans get.

Since Mazda released only exterior shots, we'll have to wait to see what the passenger accomodations look like. Base power comes from the same 2.5L four-cylinder base engine used in the Japan/Euro car, mated to either a 6-speed stick or 5-speed auto. The step-up 3.7L V6 is the same one you'll find under the hood of the CX-9. It's only transmission option is a six-speed auto with a manumatic sport shift feature. Horsepower and torque numbers for the USDM car haven't been released yet, but figure on seeing something in the neighborhood of 170 hp/166 lb-ft from the four. The six produces 273 horses and 270 lb-ft in CX-9 trim, so we'd expect something along those lines. Mazda's press release is pasted after the jump, in which you'll find no mention of either a wagon or 5-door hatchback variant. The '09 Mazda6 arrives as a sedan only, and it'll land in your local dealer showrooms later this summer.

[Source: Mazda] http://www.autoblog.com/2008/04/25/mazda-unveils-2009-mazda6-for-north-america/

 

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I know I may face some redicule here for saying this but IMO this is the most handsome looking midsize car in it's class.
Not from me. Look at those front fenders - looks like they should be on a Corvette or Porsche.

No wagon - golden opportunity for Saturn/GM to fill the void with an Aura wagon (hint, hint GM - the lease on my T&C minivan is up spring 2011).
 
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It's OK. To me it seems to blend in with the "sea of sameness". Although an interesting treatment on the front fenders.
 

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The rear is very nicely done with beautifully integrated exhaust outlets. It also appears to have a very nice profile and is very distinctive overall. I think the front fenders look a little peculiar and the front end look in general looks strange attached to a sedan body. It would make a great front clip for the next gen RX-8!
 

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I don't like the facelifted eye treatment these new Japanese cars are getting, but the back is very sharp.
 

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Very nice, I like the front but wow...the back is beautiful. But what’s this...the V6 is only offered with an auto??? Mazda, what are you doing? The great thing about the old 6 is that you can get a stick with any engine and any trim. I'm sooo disappointed now.
 

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This is what pontiac should look like. Great car. I love it.
Funny I had the same immediate thought! I remember when Pontiacs were EXCITING to look at, beautiful and powerful and sleek looking from all angles like this gorgeous thing.
 

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Its nice, but the rear to me reminds me slightly of the new accord coupe. I'm also not a big fan of the front, it doesn't seem as aggressive as some mazdas have been.
 

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there goes the last midsize wagon ... S**T - what the F*** am I supposed to drive - an SUV!?!?!?!?!?, an AWD Subaru!?!?!? - screw this!!!

grrrrrr ... why is it SO hard to offer wagons on non-premium brands .... I LOVE wagons - I have no need for a higher seating position - my GF will always have a truck if we need to tow or go off road ....

/rant

Igor
 
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