At last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai made a bold statement when he said his company would launch five new models by March 2016. Those include the Mazda2, MX-5, CX-3, CX-9, and the successor to the JDM Premacy minivan.
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With the just-launched Mazda2, Mazda has finally put in place its four signature models (Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5) built around the company’s new Skyactiv technologies. And by year’s end we (the motoring media) will get to see how the all-new MX-5 handles at around the same time as the new CX-3 is making its world premiere at the Los Angeles Motor Show. The CX-3 will appear in showrooms in Japan and the U.S. by spring while the remaining two models will be revealed by early 2016.According to a source close to Mazda, the five new models will complete Mazda’s short-term lineup. “What gets added to the lineup in addition to those cars is the interesting bit,” says our insider. “The company plans to focus heavily on development of niche products, or in other words, special editions.”
By early 2016, we can expect to see a Mazda6 diesel hybrid landing in showrooms, and in the second half of that year, Mazda is planning a Mazda6 coupe. What you see here is an artist’s impression of the coupe, and we think it takes Mazda’s stylish Kodo design to the next level. The current Mazda6 sedan already features a coupe-like profile, but a two-door version might take it to even swoopier extremes. To get an even better idea, look at the Mazda Shinari concept, the design that spawned the ‘6, above.
Another important niche model is also planned for 2016: the much-anticipated Mazdaspeed3. This hot hatch will employ a 2.5-liter Skyactiv G turbocharged gasoline engine pumping out more than 300 hp and incorporating a new lightweight all-wheel drive system. To add even more spice to the company’s lineup, we can also expect to see Mazdaspeed versions of the Mazda2 and Mazda6