The all new Mazda6 has hit showroom priced from A$33,460, excluding on-roads. The new car is bigger and a technology leader in the Mazda range here in Australia.
Those hoping for a sub-A$30k entry price will be disappointed, but it is fair to say that the new price is just A$10 more than the cheapest model in the superseded range and buyers get significantly more equipment as well. The sporty hatchback has been dropped from the new range, leaving buyers with a choice of sedan and wagon body style.
As reported previously, the new mid-sizer is the second Mazda to feature the complete range of SKYACTIV technologies, including a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-litre petrol four and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2-litre diesel four. Both are mated to the only transmission available locally, a SKYACTIV Drive 6-speed automatic.
Peak output figures are 138kW/250Nm for the petrol engine and 129kW/420Nm for the diesel, both driving the front wheels. Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are rated at 6.6L/100km and 153g/km for the petrol sedan (155g/km for the wagon) and 5.4L/100km and 141g/km for the diesel (both body variants).
There are four trim levels to choose from, starting with the petrol-only Mazda6 Sport, stepping up to the Touring, GT and range topping Atenza. The entry level Sport comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, electric mirrors and windows, keyless push-button start, leather steering, gearknob and handbrake lever, 60/40 split fold rear seat, trip computer, Bluetooth-compatible six-speaker sound system with MP3 capability and USB input.
The Touring model adds leather seats, 8-way electric driver’s seat with two position memory, 4-way electric front passenger seat, 11-speakers Premium Bose Audio and front and rear parking sensors.
The GT is further equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, sunroof, keyless entry, electrochromatic rear-view mirror and front-seat heating.
The top of the range Atenza – named after the Japanese domestic market Mazda6 – features hi-tech equipment usually found in prestige cars: adaptive cruise control, Forward Obstruction Warning, High Beam Control, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Brake Support.
These features are on top of the 6 airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brake with electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, emergency warning brake lights, Hill Launch Assist and reversing camera which are standard across the range.
The only option is a unique colour called Soul Red, which can be specified for an additional A$200.
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