Mazda Secures The MX-6 Nameplate – Is It For A New Sports Coupe?

Mazda’s latest trademark is raising a lot of questions, as the Japanese automaker has secured the MX-6 moniker in Japan.

Filed on October 16, the document, which was discovered by AutoGuide, it refers to “automobiles and parts and accessories thereof”.

Securing a nameplate doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll see a new product. Automakers often reserve different monikers to prevent competitors from using them. Of course, there’s a chance that Mazda might indeed be planning a new car, but only company insiders know what the deal is with the MX-6 and they haven’t disclosed anything.

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In all likelihood, a new MX-6 won’t be rotary-powered, as the technology is still giving those in charge of the project a headache due to the stricter emission regulations. Plus, even if Mazda eventually launches a new rotary sports car, it will use the RX nameplate.

There are no plans for an electric sports car, either. Thus, enthusiasts can only hope for a two-door coupe, hopefully inspired by the RX Vision Concept, with a front-mounted ICE and rear-wheel drive.

The MX-6 used to be a front-wheel drive, two-door coupe produced by the Japanese firm in two generations. The first one was put together between 1987 and 1992, and the second one from 1991 until 1997. The original models were closely related to the Ford Probe, and didn’t meet the success of the MX-5 Roadster. Mazda pulled the plug some 21 years ago and hasn’t looked back at the nameplate since – at least until now.

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  • Six_Tymes

    interesting. I like surprises

  • MarkoS

    If indeed used, my bet is a 5-door coupe either replacing or supplementing the next 6 as the flagship car. With Mazda showing the 2010 Shinari and updating that with the 2018 Vision Coupe, I think that is possibly where Mazda is headed.

    • AB

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. But I’m keppkee my fingers crossed for a real coupe bigger than the MX-5! With this new design language, it would surely be a looker.

  • Mr. EP9
  • Wow, just nice.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Interesting… <3

  • Taegon Lewis

    No…

    I’ve been hurt, so many times by Mazda (when, it comes to brand image and overly-complicated designs); I’m taking this rumor, like a grain of salt.

    I love the MX-6; but, it was perfect for its respective timeline. Back, when Mazda’s brand image was, they had heart and didn’t had any pretentious advertising/marketing. Old Mazda’s had more soul; than, today’s glorified “award-winners”. (I still respect the ND Miata, DJ Demio/Mazda2, and CX-3.)

    Nowadays; if, Mazda did resurrected the MX-6, they probably compare it to an Audi TT or Alfa Romeo 4C. Not only, they would put a lot of pressure on said-fictional successor; it would be an extreme sacrilege towards it’s simplistic, predecessor. Just because; an automaker, I used to love, wants to be more adult-oriented and mature.

    So, no. I don’t believe Mazda’s going to bring back the MX-6. Nor, deserves to bring it back, in my opinion. (Like, it actually matters. Compared to, “DRIVING”!)

    • I FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT BMW BRING BACK THE 8 SERIES. THE ORIGINAL WAS STUNNING, THE UPDATE IS AS YOU SAY “OVERLY-COMPLICATED”.

      • AntBee

        The 8 Series was a very stunning car!

    • AntBee

      Yes! Back in the days when Mazda took its little MX-3 (Precidia), shoved a V6 under the hood, put in a slick-shifting manual, and you were off to the races! Man, I still remember driving that car, as if it were yesterday.

  • Craiggger

    Let’s face it: Sedans are practically dead. The Mazda 6 although a top pick is too costly to produce for the volume it makes.

    It appears that the new 3 sedan is larger which should suffice sedan buyers. Not to mention possible 6 buyers are going to move with the trend by buying a cx-5 or cx-9.

    I think a mx-6 could be built on the mx-5 platform and made in the same factory. This would saves costs on both vehicles and perhaps make it easier for mazda to offer the mx-5 with the 2.5 turbo motor, although unlikely.

    As a 6 foot man, i would love a cheap, convertible rwd sports car one day. The MX-5 is too small. But don’t change it Mazda, just offer a larger model like a mx-6, please!..

    • AntBee

      I hope the 6 is here to stay, it is just that Mazda needs to make it more interesting, like it was when first introduced. Give us back that awesomely beautiful Mazda6 hatchback, which can still turn my head, when I see one in really great shape. Oh, and put a stick and V6 back in it, too!

  • Rocket

    There’s no way Mazda is developing a new MX6 as a standalone model. They simply don’t have the budget. However, they do have an interesting partnership with Toyota, don’t they? And Toyota, in-turn, has a partnership with BMW. Any chance Toyota’s arrangement with BMW would allow them to share the Supra with Mazda? Now that’s an MX6 that would get my attention!

    • AntBee

      No friggin’ way is that ever going to happen! You think the BMW juggernaut would be willing to share its highly secretive new “Z” platform with another manufacturer? Toyota has also been highly secretive with the new Supra as well, so, I am sorry, but it will not happen. That was a one shot deal with Toyota-only. Mazda will have to either make another partnership for another vehicle with Toyota, find another manufacturer with which to partner, or go it alone. I would choose “go it alone.”

      • Rocket

        “Highly secretive” my ass! Let’s not pretend this is some super special platform.

        I’ll admit it’s unlikely, but stranger things have happened. Heck, it might not even be BMW’s decision. I won’t pretend to know how the existing arrangement is structured, but Toyota could have autonomy to do what they wish with the Supra. What is a certainty: It’s far more likely for Mazda to use somebody else’s platform than to develop their own.

  • kDawg

    I had one back in 95′. Great car. Can’t believe cars were so small back then. It had 15″ wheels. lol

  • I ALWAYS LIKED THE SECOND GEN MX-6. THE WORLD COULD USE A FEW SHARP COUPES. NOT EVERYONE HAULS AROUND EVERYTHING THEY OWN WHEN THEY DRIVE.

    • AntBee

      HEY MICHGO! GLAD TO SEE YOU ARE STILL DOING YOUR ALL-CAPS THING!!
      I have to agree with you, this switching over to predominately SUV/Truck manufacturing, is more than likely going to bite everyone, from the makers (GM, Ford & FCA) to the people who buy those big ass things. Most of the time, I only see one person in those vehicles. More often than not, when I ask someone why they want/need an SUV, they all usually give the same pathetic answer, “I like the high driving position.” Jeesh!
      Bring on that new sports car, Mazda! What if, it is a sports sedan, with the “X” in the name standing for the SkyActive-X Engine that is sure to be in the car? I am very interested to see what becomes of the MX-6 moniker, as it is exciting to hear about a possible new sports car from Mazda!

      • YEAH, IT’S NOT A GOOD TIME FOR THOSE WHO PREFER COUPES. I’M GLAD I’M HAPPY WITH MY CAR AND NOT IN THE MARKET. I SUPPOSE LIKE ALL FADS THIS SUV “THING” WILL PASS.

  • MAsh

    ‘Mazda SECURES’ MX-6 Nameplate….really wow, so this is breaking news..not..
    Here is one for all the newbies, the MX-6 nameplate WAS ALWAYS Owned by Mazda for the past 25 years!

    • MAsh

      Make that 30 years for the 1988 GD and GE 1991 Mazda MX-6 2.2l 4 cylinder Turbo 2 Door Coupe off the same Mazda 6 platform, with 4 WHEEL Sterling..

  • david
  • SteersUright

    All Mazda needs is to slightly stretch and widen the Miata chassis, get 300hp out of that 4cyl Turbo they already have and buy a properly developed DCT from one of the other manufacturers. Call it MX6, RX, or whatever you want, it would be an awesome move.

    • AntBee

      DCT would make the vehicle cost much more, eh? I would rather see a traditional manual gearbox in the car. Although, we have been warned that Mazda is wanting to move more upscale product. Who really knows these days?

  • HURACAN

    Wasn’t too crazy about the MX-6 but bringing it back would be interesting.

  • Randy Terpstra

    MX? No rotary then. Possibly Skyactiv-X power. Would love to see Mazda push series-hybrid/BEVx technology, including a rotary.

  • Rami Khoury

    I was a much bigger fan of the 1st generation MX-6, its been over 10 years that i’ve owned this vehicle below. the MX-6 was no more than a 2 door 626, for Mazda to bring back the MX-6 it has to be a a 2 door version of the Mazda 6, which I highly doubt it will ever happen.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5fa2615c7aa7afc1c10a7679c03e13506daa57b9eab586b55c1b343c8ef82248.jpg

  • AntBee

    Perhaps, but let us remain positive! By the time the MX-6 comes out, I hope to have finally gotten my MX-5 (Miata, always and forever). I want the 3rd Gen., 2012 or later.

  • Bbrown

    Article in motortrend 3-4 years ago laid out Mazda plans. Amazingly enough, been accurate so far. They mentioned a Mazda 6 coupe in the 2020 pipeline. Not holding my breath, but would be nice to have an RX9 alternative.

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