The All-New Mazda6 | Part Two

The exterior has a unique character, expressed by the interplay of discreetly flowing curves and prominent edges from the front end through the fenders, and through the taut curves that lend richness and strength to the rear view. The door panel placed between the sharp top and bottom character lines conveys an expression of beauty from simplicity. Then there’s the exquisiteness of detail evident everywhere in the tsukurikomi (inbuilt quality). Combined, these elements of beauty create an advanced, emotion-pleasing character that could only be found in a Mazda.

As before, there are three body styles: sedan, five-door hatchback, and sport wagon. The sedan plays down its three-box form with its tautly-arched cabin and short, high tail, giving it a fastback look.  The five-door hatchback symbolises the new Mazda Ateagon version and features three-dimensional curves that give volume and tension to the side and rear view to achieve a level of stylish design rare in a sport wagon.

Interior design - Driving enjoyment, secure feeling, high quality

The sporty and sophisticated interior design perfectly expresses the “Bold and Exquisite” design theme. For the sporty aspect, the designers created cockpit-like driving environment with a relaxed driving position, clear instruments and intuitive controls to support it. The design of the dashboard and door trim builds an exquisite contrast of grace and sharp, mechanical dignity to yield a space where the driver and passengers travel in pleasure, and calm comfort, helped by the way the facia top curves away from the occupants and seems to float above the structure beneath.

Richly curved surfaces create depth by casting controlled shadows to convey a sense of dignity and a high quality feel. New textured paint, sophisticated materials and controlled glossiness add to the air of craftsmanship, along with the micro-fine accuracy with which the components fit together.

Driving Dynamics

The development theme for the Mazda6’s dynamics was “driving performance that creates oneness between the car and driver”. This was realised by driving dynamics, steering, handling, and brake performance that respond accurately to the driver’s intentions. Also, the further enhanced high-quality ride and quietness provide a sense of security in accordance with the feeling of oneness between the car and the driver. This solid sense of security, created by the confident, predictable handling, is central to the Zoom-Zoom evolution concept embodied in the new Mazda6.

New MZR 2.5-litre engine

A new MZR 2.5-litre petrol engine has been developed from the previous MZR 2.3-litre unit. The MZR 2.5-litre has a bigger bore and a longer stroke, plus freer-flowing intake and exhaust ports which together improve torque in the frequently-used range. This assures a more linear response and acceleration feel, nimbler driving and more precise response. Also, better fuel economy and changing the recommended fuel from premium to regular petrol contributes to better economic efficiency. A 2.0-litre petrol engine carried over from the previous Mazda6 is also available.

Automatic transmission with active adaptive shift control (2.5 litre models)

All FWD Mazda6 models are equipped with a five-speed Activematic automatic transmission. In addition, the highly-rated AAS (active adaptive shift control) featured on the Mazda RX-8 is introduced for the 2.5-litre vehicles.

The system has a slope control function and is able to evaluate both the gradient and winding of the road as well as driver intentions such as the acceleration and brake operation, enabling selection of the optimum gear for a linear and lively shift feel at any speed and on all kinds of roads. A six-speed automatic transmission with AAS (active adaptive shift control) is employed for the electronic-control active torque control coupling all-wheel drive version.

Mazda6 | Part Three
Published 25 October 2007 Melanie Carter

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