To meet strong demand for the popular Mazda6 from both retail and fleet customers, Mazda Motors UK is bringing forward the 'on sale' date for the upgraded Mazda6 models for 2010. The new 19-strong range features refreshed exterior and interior styling, additional equipment and a range of significant technical enhancements that improve fuel economy by up to 6.4 per cent and reduced CO2 emissions by up to 6.1 per cent.
Customers will be offered a choice of two body styles (hatchback and estate), six engines (three petrol and three diesel) and four equipment levels - S, TS, TS2, and Sport. Improved fuel economy, lower Road Fund Licence bands and reduced Benefit In Kind costs offer buyers significant savings while prices for the new Mazda6 are increased by an average of just 4.8 per cent ranging from £16,990 to £23,445 on-the-road.
"Distinctive styling has always given the Mazda6 'stand-out' looks from other family cars and the refreshed model has an even more sophisticated appearance," comments Mark Cameron, Sales and Marketing Director, Mazda UK.
"Dynamic and engaging driving characteristics have also played a big part in the success of Mazda6 and they remain at the heart of the upgraded model."
"The upgraded Mazda6 has been given a make-over that is much more than a cosmetic exercise. While the car has more aggressive front styling, the engines, suspension and steering have been fine-tuned enhancing the refinement of the driving experience. Mazda6 remains among the best-in-class for CO2 emissions and its ownership experience is underpinned by reduced costs and Mazda's outstanding build quality and reliability," adds Cameron.
Retuned Engines Deliver Reduced CO2 Emissions
A new 2-litre DISI petrol engine delivers 155ps (up from 147ps), while the lower power 2.2-litre diesel generates more power and torque - up 4ps to 129ps and up 20Nm to 340Nm at 1,800rpm. The highest power 2.2-litre diesel now produces 180ps (down 5ps) but modifications to the turbocharger boost torque delivery whilst facilitating improvements in fuel economy and CO2 emissions which therefore sees it retaining its overall excellence in performance.
A Sport 2.0-litre petrol model with Mazda's five-speed automatic transmission is introduced after dealers reported a latent demand for a top-of-the-range model with this specification.
The upgraded Mazda6 achieves fuel economy average improvements of 3.2 and 4.1 per cent (petrol/diesel) and CO2 emissions reductions that average 4.4 and 4.8 per cent (petrol/diesel), so the lower power 2.2-litre, 129ps diesel hatchback now has a rating of just 138g/km. These improvements move many models into a lower RFL band. All new Mazda6 models now meet Euro5 emission standards.
Four Highly Specified Equipment Levels
Although Mazda is keeping the upgraded Mazda6 range as simple as possible, buyers will continue to be offered a broad choice of powertrains and specifications, with each of the four equipment levels - S, TS, TS2, and Sport - highly specified within its price band.
Upgraded equipment for the new Mazda6 encompasses 'smart' turn indicators and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) for the 'S' grade and all other models. Additional items moving up the range include: rear spoiler (TS upwards), front & rear parking sensors and Hill Hold Assist (HHA), (TS2 upwards), and swivel-type AFS front lights (Sport).
Full leather trim is now available as an option on all Mazda6 TS2 and Sport models and includes powered driver and front passenger seats with a memory function on the driver's seat.Published 5 March 2010