Upgraded Mazda6 Range On Sale Now - Evolved Athleticism | Part Two

Evolved athleticism for even more dynamic appearance

Mazda6 customers love the look of the car, so changes to the exterior are limited to a few subtle modifications. The front grille is more deeply recessed and flatter, with a honeycomb mesh pattern. New headlight and tail light units feature dark grey bezels with chrome lamp surrounds, while both front and rear bumpers are restyled to emphasise the car’s sporty stance. In total, these design changes give the upgraded Mazda6 an even more dynamic appearance.

Modifications to the interior are more tangible compared to those on the outside of the car. The re-styled centre instrument panel is designed to deliver a high quality feel. The console now has a new dark titanium surface (depending on grade), instead of the silver metallic of the outgoing model, with a separate ‘piano black’ radio/CD and re-styled switches, plus new surface materials and softer upholstery underscore the natural elegance of the cockpit. Original Mazda6’s strengths are retained, including the ingenious Karakuri ultra-easy folding rear seat on Hatchback & Estate models, which can be lowered without removing the head restraints.

For both drivers and passengers, travelling in the upgraded Mazda6 will be an even more comfortable, fatigue-free experience. The combination of body shell reinforcements; additional sound insulation, and new wheel and tyre combinations, has enabled Mazda engineers to greatly improve NVH and significantly reduce onboard noise levels in the cabin.

More power, more torque, lower consumption

All five engines in the upgraded Mazda6 deliver equal or more power and torque than their predecessors, with equal or lower combined fuel consumption and CO2 levels - while achieving Euro 4 emissions ranking.

The modified MZR-CD 2.0-litre turbo diesel is fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) and is offered in two derivatives. The standard power version produces 121 ps and 320 Nm (up 10 Nm). With multi-stage fuel injection, the high power diesel version generates 143 ps (up 7 ps) and peak torque of 360 Nm (up 50 Nm).

Customers who prefer petrol have a choice of three engines. While the 1.8-litre engine remains unchanged (except for the ECT), Mazda engineers modified the 2.0-litre power unit to produce 147 ps and 184 Nm. Twin exhausts also boost the performance of this engine and the largest capacity, most powerful engine - the highly sophisticated MZR 2.3-litre.

More gears and smoother changes

Two newly developed transmissions feature in the upgraded Mazda6. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for all models, except the 1.8-litre petrol, and is optimised to make the best use of each engine’s particular power and torque characteristics.

A new five-speed Activematic automatic will be available (from October) as an option on the 2.0-litre petrol (TS and TS2 grades), replacing the previous four-speed automatic. This transmission allows drivers to select fully-automatic operation or to manually select gears. Engine improvements and new transmissions have resulted in lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions for most models.

Extensive standard equipment packages

Even the entry-level S model of the upgraded Mazda6 range comes with generous standard equipment including: manual air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, electric windows front and rear, a radio/CD unit with four speakers, remote central locking, six airbags and ABS anti-lock braking.

On higher specification models, standard equipment can include climate control air conditioning, onboard computer, leather steering wheel and shift lever, cruise control, a Bose sound system with seven speakers and CD changer, xenon headlights, semi-bucket front seats with increased leg and back support, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) - depending on model.

Published 2 August 2005 Melanie Carter

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