All-New Mazda6 Saloon

At the front, the ‘signature wing’ is incorporated, a unifying element of the new Mazda family design, set into the deeply sculpted face

 

The all-new Mazda 6, which goes on sale here next year, debuted this week at the Moscow Motor Show.

As the flagship model of a new generation of vehicles, the New 6 aims to build on the momentum created by the success of CX-5, and heralds a new era for the Mazda brand.  New Mazda6 will be introduced to global markets starting in late 2012. Similar to the CX-5, the new 6 is designed from the ground up and follows the Mazda principles of reduced weight and improved efficiency.

 “In developing the third-generation Mazda6, we pursued Mazda’s intrinsic core value: ‘driving pleasure’.  We wanted to create a car that reacts and behaves exactly as you expect it to.  Part of this involved carefully crafting those parts of the car which you often touch to feel as though they are an extension of your own body,” says Hiroshi Kajiyama, the new Mazda6 programme manager.

The distinctive exterior design of the new Mazda6  hints strongly at the Mazda Takeri concept car first showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. At a single glance, the exterior design of the 4.8-metre long saloon conveys animal-like tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare through its smooth and powerful physique.  The coordinated interior, in keynote black, is both chic and contemporary without compromising on a timeless feeling of luxury and quality.

When developing the driving dynamics of the new Mazda6, the chassis engineer’s aim was to provide an exhilarating driving experience that can only be felt when the driver and car become one – echoing the Jinba Ittai bonding of man and machine, first accomplished by the iconic Mazda MX-5 sportscar. 

To this end the all-new Mazda6 saloon features a finely tuned SKYACTIV-Chassis front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension, delivering agile handling in the low-speed to mid-speed ranges and excellent stability in high-speed driving.

Only two petrol engines were on display at Moscow,  the established SkyActiv-G 2.0, 110kW (150bhp) and the all new SkyActiv-G 2.5, a lightweight, all-alloy unit  which  delivers maximum torque of 256Nm / 3,250rpm, with 147kW(192bhp) at 5,700rpm

In terms of advanced safety technologies has been employed to support the driver in the safe operation of the vehicle.  For example, Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) and Adaptive Front Lighting (AFS) are available, together with Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), which made its debut on CX-5.  Finally, superior passive safety minimises damage and injuries if a collision occurs.

Technical Specifications (Preliminary Data)

Dimensions

Body type

Measure

Saloon

Doors

 

4

Seating capacity

 

5

Coefficient of drag*

 

0.26

Overall length without

mm

4,865

license plate holder

Overall width

mm

1,840

Overall height

mm

1,450

Wheelbase

mm

2,830

Track

Front

mm

1,585 (17-inch wheel)1,595 (19-inch wheel)

Rear

mm

1,575 (17-inch wheel)1,585 (19-inch wheel)

Cargo volume

Litres

483

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