The all new Mazda6 bows in at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in sedan and wagon style. The popular Mazda6 is the first Mazda vehicle in Australia to adopt the company’s full range of SKYACTIV Technology.
Inspired by the stunning Takeri Concept that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011, it features the company’s corporate grille with its signature wing that extends into the headlight cluster. The decidedly handsome mid-sizer from Mazda also heralds in a suit of new environmental technology usually found on more expensive cars.
The Mazda6 is expected to be one of the most fuel efficient vehicles on the market when it goes on sale later this year. As well as being the first Mazda model to adopt the “i-ELOOP” brake energy regeneration system, the all-new Mazda6 also features “i-Stop” idling stop system. This system boasts a class-leading engine re-start time of 0.35 seconds.
Other driver assist technologies, grouped under the ‘i-ACTIVSENSE’ umbrella, encompass Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), High Beam Control (HBC) that automatically dips the high beam when on-coming traffic is detected, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) that assist driver awareness and improve field of vision at night.
Powering the Mazda6 will be two brand new clean burning SKYACTIV engines:
- The 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel delivers a combined cycle fuel economy of just 5.4L/100km, with CO2 emissions of just 141 g/km for both the sedan and wagon. It generates 129kW of power and 420Nm of torque. And for the first time in a Mazda diesel, it is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
- The 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol meanwhile, delivers a combined fuel economy of 6.6L/100km, with CO2 emissions of 153 g/km for the sedan and 155 g/km for the wagon. It produces 138kW of power and 250Nm of torque and is mated with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Inside, the new Mazda6 is large in almost every dimension compared to the outgoing model. Shoulder room at the front is 20mm wider at 1,450mm, while at the back there is an extra 37mm of legroom in the sedan and 8mm in the wagon.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch.