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It may not look too different on the outside, but take heed: This Mazda6 test mule is longer and wider than the current model; the familiar body panels merely obscure the future. The Brenda Priddy bunch caught these shots, which may show Ford's updated CD-3 platform in action. Dubbed CD3-2, the new derivation will form the basis for FoMoCo's next wave of midsized cars, crossovers and SUVs, many of which will be powered by the company's new -generation 3.5-liter V6 — with horsepower in the 240+ range. Fans of the Mazdaspeed6 (guilty) will likely have to wait until 2009 for their flagship to come in.

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