Our spies are well and truly camped in the winter testing wonderland and they have now caught a prototype mule for the upcoming Mazda 6.

Our spies are well and truly camped in the winter testing wonderland and they have now caught a prototype mule for the upcoming Mazda 6.

It is wearing the body of the current version, albeit with what looks like a huge amount of duct tape holding it together. It is wrapped around a new platform that is based on the 2013 CX-5 crossover.

Styling was previewed at the Tokyo Auto Show in October last year in the form Takeri Concept, it was the first vehicle to showcase the brand's new KODO design language. If there aren't too many changes come production time, we should expect a sleeker and sportier Maxda 6 that could even be billed as a four-door coupe.

The third-generation Mazda6 is due to hit showrooms in spring 2013.

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