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Mazda Could be Working on an Electric Sedan to be Called Mazda 6e

Mazda trademarked the names "Mazda 6e" and "6e" in Europe.

  • The last Mazda 6 departed the North American market after the 2021 model year.

  • This new model could be launched in 2025, but the brand hasn’t confirmed anything yet.

  • Rumours say a rear-wheel drive combustion-powered Mazda 6 could be offered alongside.

Recent trademark filings in Europe reveal that Mazda might be working on a new generation of its Mazda 6 mid-size sedan, including an electric version.

Indeed, documents filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) show that the Japanese company has applied for the names Mazda 6e and 6e, with the stipulation that these trademarks are to be used on “automobiles and their parts; electric cars and their parts”.

Of course, trademarks don’t necessarily mean that the names will be used on a production model, but Mazda has also filed patents in the U.S. that show detailed drawings of the structure of an electric sedan.

If it does make it to market, a future Mazda 6 EV is likely to be based on a variation of the automaker’s latest platform, which is a rear-wheel drive biased architecture that is currently found under the CX-90 and CX-70 in the U.S. and Canada.

Mazda patent for an electric sedan | Photo: USPTO

Rumours say that alongside the electric version, the Mazda 6 could also be reborn as a gasoline-powered sports sedan that could use the same new turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine as the aforementioned SUVs.

There is some credibility to this as Japanese publication Best Car Web reports that the development of the next Mazda 6 had been paused rather than cancelled, and that the new sedan is now expected to arrive in 2025.

This coincides with the timing Mazda had already announced for the launch of its second electric model in North America, following the quirky MX-30 EV.

Very few details have been revealed about this upcoming EV, except that it will be based on existing platforms. While this doesn’t rule out a future Mazda 6e using a revised CX-90 platform, it doesn’t really confirm it either.

2021 Mazda6 Kuro | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Indeed, despite many clues hinting at a return of the Mazda 6 in a new electric form, anything is still possible, especially when considering that the previous generation had never been a massive sales success in North America.

Indeed, while it appealed to driving enthusiasts who needed a bit more space than was offered by the Mazda 3, the former Mazda 6 struggled to catch on with the wider public, which means that the automaker might prefer to launch an electric SUV in the United States and Canada instead.

It will be interesting to see what Mazda does in this regard, but since both the upcoming electric model and the future Mazda 6 are expected to arrive in 2025, we might not have to wait for too long.

Source: The Drive


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