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Although previous reports suggested Mazda will not be building an MPS variant of its new 6 range, news today from Autoexpress UK says otherwise.

The new Mazda 6 MPS will go head to head with both Subaru and Mitsubishi’s hero cars as well as other European performance cars. The MPS badge will signify a turbocharged version of the standard engine, but this time the standard engine will be a 2.5-litre, so power figures should hit around 209kW.

Of course, it will also be AWD and come with sports suspension and better brakes. 0-100km/h time is currently claimed at just a tad over 6 seconds, yet to be confirmed.

Mazda6 MPS renderings leaked

CarAdvice will be at the Paris motorshow this October, where Mazda is expected to show off the concept 6 MPS, if the reports are positive, it will go into production and be ready for 2010.

Interestingly, it’s believed that the new MPS 6 will also be available in hatch, estate, coupé and cabriolet variants, some of which we saw earlier.

Mazda2 Mazdaspeed concept

On the smaller end of the scale, Mazda is also working on a Mazda 2 MPS, expected late next year (probably 2010 for AU). Although details on the baby Mazda are non-existent, it’s logical to assume the Japanese giant will turbo-charge the the existing 1.5-litre petrol engine, bringing power to around 120-130kW.

Mazda is currently in the process of launching the all new Mazda2 3-door.

Should Mazda Australia bring the two MPS cars here?