Mazda discontinues the Mazda 6 sedan and CX-3 small crossover
With the arrival of the bigger, roomier CX-30 in 2020, it was solely a matter of time for Mazda to kill the CX-3; for 2021, the hatchback-sized crossover was down to at least one trim degree and few choices.
The tip of the Mazda 6 mid-size sedan is extra of a shock. The lengthy and lean sedan tilted towards luxurious like the remainder of the present Mazda lineup, nevertheless it hadn’t been redesigned since 2014. Regardless of home automakers ditching sedan manufacturing in favor of crossovers, the Mazda 6 seems to be extra of a pause than an finish.
Final April, Mazda introduced bold plans for a brand new platform and engine believed to make its first look within the flagship sedan. These plans included a brand new rear-wheel drive platform with a longitudinal engine structure and a mild-hybrid inline-6 beneath that longer hood. This was earlier than the breadth and depth of the pandemic was identified, and Mazda might have scrapped one other yr of flagging gross sales attributable to supply-related constraints.
That is speculative. Mazda’s lineup stays small within the U.S. It is getting ready the launch of its first electrical car and plug-in hybrid, the MX-30, that will probably be bought solely in California, like electrical vehicles from a decade in the past. Other than the redesigned 2021 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback, Mazda’s product cadence has been cautious. The CX-5 compact crossover and CX-9 three-row crossover could possibly be due for an replace, and rumors of a resurrected CX-7 develop louder. Aside from that, there’s the CX-30 and the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster in Mazda’s small however sturdy steady.