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We've already seen a good preview of the 2009 Mazda6 with the unveiling of the Japan-specific Atenza, but apparently the car has received a few modifications in its translation to the U.S. market.
Take a close look at this finished pre-production Mazda6 and you’ll instantly notice the differences! Changes to the front fascia – including the foglamps (and their location), as well as the grille inserts – are very obvious – and there are even more differences around the back!
The U.S. spec Mazda6 differs from the car previously introduced with a very different look in the rear. Different taillights set them apart, as does the location change of the third brake-light. The license plate moves up in the U.S. version, exhaust tips look sportier and the Mazda emblem shrinks slightly. Look closely and you see even more changes with the rear fascia.
The new 6 is lighter, slightly bigger and more fuel-efficient than the model it replaces. It is believed to be powered by a 3.5 liter V6, although official details have not yet been released.
Expectations are high for the new Mazda6 — the first model almost single-handedly reinvented Mazda and was the fastest vehicle the automaker ever produced to exceed 1 million units sold worldwide.