Mazda is tipped to develop a four-wheel drive 6, but a UK launch is unlikely
Akira Tamatani says work could commence on a coupe once saloon and estate variants are launched
Coupe and four-wheel drive versions of the new Mazda 6 could be offered, officials at the company have confirmed.
"There is no decision, but I would love to make one," said Tamatani. "The first job is to make the saloon and estate, but from this position a coupe is not so far away."
Speculation has previously suggested such a car would go on sale in a year after the launch of the new saloon and estate in January 2013, meaning a 2014 launch at the earliest for other spin-off models.
Meanwhile, program manager Hiroshi Kajiyama confirmed that all-wheel drive systems were being evaluated by Mazda.
“There are no set plans, but we are studying the possibility of introducing all-wheel drive – it would be a good weapon with which to establish the brand,” said Kajiyama. “It is my belief that there is a very strong opportunity for us if we bring it to market.”