Whereas researching information for the lately featured Mazda Lantis, your writer got here throughout another Nineties forbidden fruit from the great folks at Mazda. Significantly fascinating was the Xedos 6, which, just like the similar-looking Millennia, was additionally a a part of Mazda’s early Nineties luxurious push.
The Xedos was really a range of two automobiles from Mazda, designed to attraction to the compact and midsize premium sedan buyer globally. The smaller of the 2 was Xedos 6, however there was additionally the Xedos 9 – you’d name it Millennia. Each automobiles have been additionally offered as Eunos fashions within the right-hand drive markets of Japan and Australia, the place Eunos was launched as Mazda’s Lexus-fighting luxurious model. The 6 was the Eunos 500, and the 9 was the 800. We’ll depart the 9/800/Millennia for one more day.
Xedos 6 was launched in 1992, after it was launched in Eunos 500 type on the 1991 Tokyo Motor Present. Eunos variations have been first up for manufacturing, together with different right-hand-drive variations for the UK, badged as Mazda Xedos. Left-hand drive variations didn’t enter manufacturing till 1993. On the time, Mazda deliberate to market the 6 beneath the Amati model in sure markets (just like the US), however for appreciable financial causes in Japan, that plan didn’t pan out. North America by no means obtained the premium compact Xedos 6.
Beneath the Xedos was a distinctive platform designated CA, which was developed solely for Eunos. Derived from the extra plebeian 626 platform, it was additionally developed into the CB used for the beforehand featured Lantis. The car launched with a 2.0-liter 144-horsepower V6 which was not the identical one used within the Lantis. Afterward, a lesser 1.6-liter I4 arrived, which supplied 114 horses. For the Japanese market, the 1.6 was skipped in favor ofÂ anotherÂ tiny V6, which produced 138 horses from its 1.8 liters. After 1994, one other new engine debuted as the bottom Japanese engine, a 1.8-liter I4. The ultimate engine shuffling, the four-cylinder 1.8 changed the V6 1.8. Transmissions on provide have been a five-speed guide or four-speed computerized.
Labeling and dealership adjustments occurred in 1996, when Mazda discontinued the Eunos model train. The 500 was renamed to Mazda Eunos 500, and introduced again to Mazda sellers. It continued in manufacturing till 1999. Branding had returned to regular by the late Nineties, luxurious aspirations dashed. The official alternative for the Xedos 6 was the 626/Capella.
In the present day’s Rare Experience is for sale within the sunny south of France. With V6, 127,000 miles, and guide transmission it asks $3,651.
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