Hiroshi Kajiyama, program manager for the car, has admitted that a model which evokes the spirit of the company’s MPS models is being looked at.
“There is a high potential for this, and it would be helpful to the brand,” he told Auto Express.
Having benchmarked the car against the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and VW Passat in development, Kajiyama claimed that he was confident the model would be considered the best car to drive in its class. So a performance version is the logical next step.
Weight reduction would be key to a new hot model. The 6 is already 50kg lighter than before and according to Kajiyama “we could lose more”.
A twin turbo diesel is also being considered. Kajiyama refused to be drawn, though, on whether the 6 would wear the MPS badge.
A four-wheel-drive model is also likely to be introduced, although it’s not certain that would come to Britain.
And Kajiyama was unequivocal about what he expects the 6 to achieve. “The CX-5 heightened the brand position. This car has to raise it further again.”