It appears that Mazda’s MPS series is about to be cut in half with the struggling Mazda6 MPS rumoured to have not made the cut for the second-generation line-up.
One of the biggest problems for the 6MPS has been its lack of differentiation from its smaller brother, the Mazda3 MPS. Both share the same engine but the 3MPS is actually a tad quicker and cheaper. It also seems the all-wheel-drive system in the 6MPS has not attracted the intended AWD turbo fans.
Lack of an automatic transmission has also hurt sales (but not so for the 3MPS which shares the same gearbox). Sources inside Mazda have told GoAuto the company fails to see demand for the model in the future.
As it stands now, the 190kW 2.3-litre all-wheel-drive turbocharged MPS will be discontinued upon the arrival of the new Mazda6 in March next year. The Mazda6 MPS currently retails from $48,645.