The 2023 Mazda 6 Will Compete with BMW 3 Series

2023 mazda 6 will compete with bmw 3 series
2023 Mazda 6 Will Compete with BMW 3 Series

The 2023 Mazda 6 will compete with BMW 3 series – For years, the Mazda 6 has been one of the best competitors to the BMW 3 series, competing in size and performance while costing thousands less than its German counterpart.

Now, however, the next-generation Mazda 6 will switch platforms from its current front-drive layout to rear-drive with a straight-six engine. What does this mean?

The new Mazda 6 will bring higher performance and better fuel efficiency to the table, putting it even more on par with the BMW 3 series than ever before, as well as giving it an edge over rivals like the Lexus IS and Audi A4.

A Brief History of Mazda 6

2023 mazda 6 will compete with bmw 3 series
A brief history of the Mazda 6

Since 2002, the Japanese automobile manufacturer Mazda has produced the Mazda Atenza or Mazda 6, a mid-size vehicle.

The Mazda 6 moniker is used internationally, whereas Atenza is solely utilized in Japan. Since its inception, the Atenza/Mazda 6 has outsold all previous Mazdas, with over one million vehicles sold globally.

The Mazda Atenza was the first of Mazda’s new range of “stylish, intelligent, and spirited” cars. The Mazda 2 arrived in December 2002, the RX-8 in August 2003, the Mazda3 in January 2004, and the Mazda5 arrived in the summer of 2005.

In October 2005, it was followed by the CX-7. The SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series currently hosts the Mazda Atenza.

In the manufacturer’s championship standings, Mazda took first place. In the Touring Car driver points, Mazda Atenza/6 drivers took first and second place.

In North America, the “Sport Sedan,” “5-Door,” and “Sports Wagon” are available as four-door sedans, five-door liftbacks, and five-door station wagons.

The first vehicle in Australia’s lineup is the Limited, a sedan. After that, the Classic comes in three types: a sedan, a hatchback, and a wagon.

The Luxury variant is available in both sedan and hatch models. The top of the range is the Luxury Sports variant, which is only available in a hatchback.

It was originally offered as a 2003 vehicle in the United States and a 2004 vehicle in Canada when it entered North America.

Until 2007, a 136hp (101kW) direct injection turbodiesel (“DITD”) station wagon was available in Europe as a luxury sports model.

Only the “Sport” version of the 146hp (109kW) turbodiesel station wagon is currently available in Europe, according to the European Mazda catalog as of 2008.

The Mazda MZR engine is available in drivetrain combinations of 1.8L(L8 European Model), 2.0L(LF European Model), and 2.3L(L3 European Model) with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission (with the sequential-automatic option, dubbed the “Four-Speed Sport AT”).

A five-speed manual or five-speed automatic (known as the “5-Speed Sport AT”) is also available in the US domestic market with a 3.0L Duratec 30 V6 engine.

A four-cylinder turbodiesel with a six-speed manual gearbox is standard in the European and Australian versions, producing considerably more power than the V6 while offering much better fuel economy.

For the 2005 model year, a 6-speed automatic from Ford replaces the 5-speed automatic optional on V6 models in North America. In the following year, the four-cylinder version receives a five-speed automatic.

While full-time all-wheel drive variants are available in Japan, Europe, and Australia, power is directed to the front wheels solely in most markets.

The Mazda 6, for example, is only available in 2.3L four-cylinder form in Australia, whereas the 626 it replaced was accessible with four or six-cylinder motors.

Some configurations are not accessible in certain regions. The V6 engine was not available in Australia, so the Mazda6 was imported from Japan.

Only in the US and Canadian domestic markets, the Duratec 30 V6 engine is available in vehicles built in Flat Rock, Michigan.

The Atenza’s CD3 platform is being used by Ford to create a variety of other cars, including the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr/ MKZ, and a variety of SUVs and minivans.

Like the 626 before it, it is based on the same platform. On the platform, Ford also intends to offer a hybrid engine.

Mazda, for its part, names this chassis the GG (sedan/hatch) or GY (wagon) series, following the previous 626/Capella in its GF/GW series.

The AutoAlliance International factory, which is a joint venture between Ford and Mazda, manufactures the North American Mazda 6.

On October 1, 2002, one month after the last Mazda 6 was built, the first Mazda 6 rolled off this Flat Rock assembly line. The Mazda 6 is produced in Hiroshima for European and some Asian countries, including Australia.

In September 2005, all Australian Mazda 6’s got a facelift that included a feature upgrade, 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions, standard 16″ or 17″ alloy wheels, and minor bodywork improvements.

The FAW Benteng, also known as Besturn or Hongqi C301, is manufactured by the First Automobile Works in Jilin Province and is based on the Mazda Atenza.

The 2023 Mazda 6 Has New Something

2023 Mazda 6 Redesign

For the next-gen, the Mazda 6 will switch from its current front-drive, four-cylinder platform to a rear-drive, straight-six platform.

The new platform will allow the 2023’s dimensions and weight savings of nearly 1000 pounds which has allowed this vehicle to now be able to take on some serious competition.

Expect redesigned or remodeled versions of an inline six for better breathing and increase performance as well as fuel economy.

This is all made possible because of changes in today’s materials technology that now allow lighter engine components that also help drop weight which only serves to make this vehicle more attractive than ever before.

The Current Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 is a compact executive car that competes in the mid-size segment. The Mazda 6 is currently available as a four-door sedan or five-door wagon, but it’s also been available as a two-door coupe for the last generation.

This next generation will be coming out soon and will compete with the BMW 3 series. It’s switching from its current front-drive four-cylinder platform to a rear-drive straight six platform.

We don’t know when it’ll come out, but we can expect the release date to be sometime in late 2023. Mazda has announced they’re going to do a new 2023 Mazda 6 redesign.

There are still many questions about what design changes will happen with the new Mazda 6 so I’m excited to find out more information in future announcements.

The Upcoming Mazda 6

Consumers who want a sporty rear-drive sedan are attracted to the new Mazda 6, which is leaving more humble beginnings behind. As previously indicated by Motor Trend, it will no longer be a regular front-drive car.

More acceleration is available with the transition to rear-wheel drive (RWD). In addition, it comes with an option for Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD (all-wheel drive), which provides drivers with a range of options to experiment with driving styles.

In 2023 the Mazda 6 will also include electrical components. The 48-volt mild hybrid system will reportedly be used to support the Skyactiv-X 3.0-liter inline-six turbo gas engine.

A Mazda Twin Turbocharger that uses an electric supercharger will be featured in the Mazda 6 2023, according to Motor Trend. Mazda will probably give it an edge over the competition thanks to this add-in.

Can Mazda compete with BMW?

Mazda has long been one of the most overlooked car companies, but that’s all about to change. The 2023 Mazda 6 is set to compete with the BMW 3 series and will have a new straight-six engine.

To make things even better, Mazda is also introducing an all-new wagon variant of their popular sedan. If they can keep up this momentum into the 2020s, we may see them become the next big thing in the world of cars.

Mazda plans on going head to head with some of the top automakers by finally switching from its current front-drive four-cylinder platform to a rear-drive, straight-six platform for their next model.

Who is the 2023 Mazda 6 biggest competitor?

While the BMW 5-series and Mercedes C Class are its main competitors, a big part of the next generation’s success will come from how it competes with the Audi A6.

With electric vehicles on the rise, there is less need for powerful cars like a V8 engine. However, competitors who still offer them will likely stand to win over some consumers in this category.

That said, most comparisons in this segment lean heavily on handling – which won’t be an issue for the 2023 Mazda 6.

Even so, a stronger chassis might have made it a more competitive option in some cases against both these models, but not all automakers prioritize that aspect when designing their cars.


The new car will have a wide stance to give it a bigger, more menacing look. It will likely adopt the Kodo design philosophy, seen in its newer models like the Mazda CX-5 and the sleek Shinari.

Other changes may be coming to improve the handling, ride comfort, and fuel efficiency of the new Mazda 6.