2009 Mazda6 Unveiled For North AmericaMatt Hardigree4/25/08 8:40amFiled to: 2009 Mazda609 Mazda 609 Mazda62009 mazda 6New Mazda6Mazdamazda6New CarsTop721EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkMazda today released the first photos of the 2009 Mazda6. Clearly embracing Ford's kinetic design, this new generation sedan looks more like the Ford Mondeo than the previous generation's Mazda6. According to the company, this vehicle will go on sale at the end of summer 2008. How does our version differ from the European Mazda6? First, the North American model is slightly larger than the other version with handing and comfort designed for American road conditions (whatever that means). In addition to the base 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder available in Europe, Americans will be getting a version of the 3.7-liter V6 found in the CX-9. The fourbanger gets a six-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic while the V6 gets only the six-speed automatic with manual shift. Unfortunately, the press release says that the "North American Mazda6 will be available only as a four-door sedan." Let's hope that doesn't stick. Press release below the jump.