The stunning second-generation Mazda6 range made its motor show debut in Melbourne this week. This is the first time all three Stylish, Insightful and Spirited body styles – sedan, hatch and wagon – have graced the one show stand.
The classy and refined second-generation Mazda6 is newly-arrived in Australian showrooms, and is set to further enhance the ‘driver’s car’ reputation established by the first-generation Mazda6.
The all-new Mazda6 takes significant steps forward in performance and fuel economy, practicality and refinement, safety and style – and yet carries a $29,740 starting price, $250 less than the superseded model.
“The new Mazda6 will redefine benchmarks in the medium car segment,” said Mazda Australia managing director Doug Dickson. “It is better in every measure than the model it replaces – a model that spearheaded a 247 per cent increase in medium car sales.”
“No longer do Australian families blindly turn to large cars for practicality, performance and safety. Now Australians can get all of that in a medium car – and great fuel economy too.”
Mazda offers three body styles in a combination of four model grades:
All models are longer, wider, taller, and ride on a longer wheelbase which enhances the Mazda6’s dynamic abilities. On the inside, the new Mazda6 is roomier and more inviting.
All models feature the smooth and refined MZR 2.5-litre, four-cylinder S-VT engine which produces 125kW @ 6000rpm and 226Nm @ 4000rpm, up 3kW and 19Nm on the outgoing engine. Fuel consumption of 8.4 l/100km (combined cycle) for the sedan (manual) is 4.5 percent less than the less-powerful outgoing model.
An improved six-speed manual transmission is available on Limited sedan, Classic sedan and hatch and Luxury Sports hatch. A five-speed automatic is available across the entire range.
Luxury sedan and hatch and Luxury Sports hatch automatic models also feature steering wheel mounted paddle shift control.
Mazda CF-Net revolutionises the Human-Machine Interface by combining many of secondary controls into the one simple-to-use steering wheel-mounted interface.
A sleek sports body kit with front and rear aero bumpers, rear spoiler, sports grille, and eye-catching 18-inch alloy wheels enhance the sporty appeal of the Luxury Sports hatch.
All Mazda6 models come with class-leading levels of active and passive safety standard. This includes driver and passenger front SRS airbags, side and curtain SRS airbags for all rows, active front head restraints, collapsible pedals and front seatbelt pretensioners.
Active safety is also class-leading. Dynamic Stability Control, a Traction Control System and antilock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist are standard on all models.
Mazda expects the Mazda6 to become the fourth model in Mazda’s range to achieve five stars in NCAP crash testing alongside the Mazda2, CX-7 and CX-9.
Mazda6 Available in Four Flavours
The second-generation Mazda6 will be offered in four equipment grades: Limited, Classic, Luxury and Luxury Sports. All Mazda6 models are extremely well-equipped and among the best-in-class on value for money.
The Limited sedan rides on 16 inch tyres and boasts body-coloured power door mirrors, air-conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, CD/MP3 audio system with four speakers and an auxiliary jack, front and rear power windows, six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction control, brake assist and active front head restraints.
The Classic, available in all body styles, builds on Limited’s already strong equipment levels with 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, lumbar adjustment in the front seats, trip computer, 6-disc in-dash CD player with six speakers and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
The Luxury sedan and hatch add leather trim, Xenon headlamps, power sunroof, blackout instrument cluster, leather-wrapped gear knob, paddle shift gear control, electric front seats – 8-way power with 3-position memory on the driver’s seat and 4-way on the passenger’s – and a premium Bose® 240 watt sound system.
The flagship Mazda6 Luxury Sports hatch ensures refined performance with a full leather interior, electric sunroof, electrically-adjustable front seats, a premium Bose® sound system, dual-zone climate control and Xenon headlamps. It also gets a full sports body kit – 18-inch alloy wheels, aero bumper, side skirts and rear spoiler – to visually position it at the pinnacle of the new Mazda6 range.
Mazda expects the second-generation to build on the incredible foundations laid by the revolutionary first-generation model, which launched in Australia in September 2002.
The first-generation Mazda6 spearheaded an incredible 247 percent growth in the medium car segment from 2001 to 2007. Almost 70,000 first-generation Mazda6s were bought by Australians in six years, making it one of the most successful medium-size cars in modern Australian history.
To date Mazda has sold over 1.3 million first-generation Mazda6/Atenza models worldwide and it has won 130 awards across the globe.
Mazda expects to sell 1,100 Mazda6s per month. Of this, the sedan is expected to account for 40 percent, the hatch for 50 percent and the wagon 10 percent.
Mazda expects that of those sales, 70 percent will be automatic models initially, settling to 80 percent over the life of the car.
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