Mazda6 Estate And Diesel Launch

Mazda6 Sport Wagon

 

Following the successful launch of the Mazda6 in July sales have outstripped Mazda's forecast for this car in the first month putting it on course for 6,000 Mazda6 sales in 2002.

September sees the second launch phase for this car with the introduction of the estate and diesel versions with state of the art MZR-CD common-rail diesel engines.

The Mazda6 diesel and estate models go on sale from 1 September starting at £14,595 for the 121ps diesel Mazda6 S hatchback and £14,995 for the Mazda6 S 2.0 petrol estate.

Both the diesel and estate will offer the outstanding driving dynamics already seen in the outstanding new Mazda6 through the completely new platform developed specifically for this car. Coupled to a suspension set-up designed to give the car best in class handling the Mazda6 really does lead the class in driving dynamics. Both the diesel and estate version will retain the other class leading attributes of the Mazda6, such as load capacity, braking, interior space, stylish design, craftsmanship and the unique Karakuri seat function.

Not only will the Mazda6 diesel offer class leading handling and driving dynamics it will also be a frugal performer with excellent fuel economy and a refinement that has consigned diesel noise to the past.

For the entry-level Mazda6 S with the 121ps common-rail diesel the insurance group is 7E, at least a group below almost every other car in the segment. For the Mazda6 TS and TS2 with both engine variants the insurance only jumps one group to 8E which is significantly lower than other comparable cars in this segment and the Mazda6 Diesel Sport 136ps is just 9E, again a group that is considerably lower than the competition.

Pricing for the diesel is also extremely attractive starting at just £14,595 on the road for the five-door Mazda6 S Diesel powered by the 121ps common-rail diesel, rising to £18,595 for the 136ps engine in Sport trim in the four and five-door and in TS2 trim on the estate.

The 136ps Mazda MZR-CD common-rail diesel will be available in all three body styles in TS and TS2 trim, with the Sport trim only available as a diesel in four and five door. The 121ps diesel will only be available in the five-door and estate models in S trim in addition to the TS and TS2 on the five-door.

Diesel

Body style
S
TS
TS2
Sport
Saloon - 136ps 136ps -
Hatch 121ps 121/136ps 121/136ps 136ps
Estate 121ps 121/136ps 121/136ps -

Estate

Engine S TS
TS2
Sport
1.8 - - - -
2.0 ü ü ü -
2.3 - - - ü *
2.0 121ps ü ü ü -
2.0 136ps - ü ü -

*Mazda6 Sport4 2.3 will be available from November

The Mazda6 estate is available in S, TS and TS2 trim powered by either the 2.0-litre petrol MZR 141ps engine or the 2.0-litre 121ps and 136ps common-rail diesels. Prices start at £14,995 on the road for the Mazda6 2.0 Estate S, rising to £18,595 for the Mazda6 2.0 Estate TS2 Diesel. The Mazda6 2.3 Sport4 Estate AWD will join the line-up in November.

The close affinity of the estate with the saloon and hatchback versions is obvious by their exterior designs. The estate has the typical Mazda face, with an expressive five-point grille, striking air intake openings in the front bumper spoiler and elegantly thin headlamps of clear glass. The estate symbolises sportiness with a relatively acute rear window line and blackened out B-pillars that give the car, despite its opulent dimensions, an elegant yet sporty appearance. The rear end of the Mazda6 is dominated by the lamp assembly of clear glass which, similar to the front headlamps, wraps around into the side panels and provide a fluid optical link between the boot trim and the rear fender.

The interiors of both models are also designed in typical Mazda6 style. The passenger and luggage compartments are larger than their sporty exteriors seem to indicate. Their use of tastefully chosen, high-quality materials, the aesthetic yet functional styling of the instruments, the firm, comfortable and lavishly constructed seats form the basis for an interior ambience that allows driver and passengers stress-free driving on long trips.

The luggage compartment is generous; 492 litres for the hatch and 505 litres for the estate. Both versions are outfitted with the unique "Karakuri" rear seat system, which easily converts the rear seats into a level load floor. A lever on the side wall of the luggage compartment releases the backrests, the seats drop down and the backrests fold over them with no need to remove the headrests.

This large boot volume is in part the result of the patented Mazda E-type multilink rear axle. Its compact design not only saves space but provides both new Mazda6 models - in combination with the double wishbone front axle design - excellent road holding qualities. The widest track width in its class provides a low centre of gravity to ensure sporty handling, while precise steering provides excellent road feedback on both the motorway and winding country roads. Powerful and efficient brakes enhance both models' handling characteristics, and make the Mazda6 one of the best cars in its class for braking deceleration.

Two new developments can be found under the bonnet. Besides the three, aluminium alloy four-cylinder petrol engines, which have been available since the launch of the Mazda6, there are now two modern diesel drive trains available with all three body styles. The two new engines, designated MZR-CD, Mazda Responsive Common-rail Diesel, are two-litre second-generation common-rail direct injection engines with separate power outputs of 89 kW/121ps and 100 kW/136ps. Both engines have four values per cylinder and combine the classic strengths of a diesel engine (low fuel consumption, high torque at low engine speeds) with characteristics normally associated with petrol engines (lively driving performance, driving comfort, operating smoothness, low emissions). Both diesel engines achieve Euro Stage III emissions ratings.

The Mazda6 estate is also available with the 2.0-litre petrol engine and will also be available with a 2.3-litre petrol engine in a 4x4 with Activematic transmission as the Mazda6 Sport4 AWD from 1 November.

Safety features for both new Mazda6 versions the same as on the saloon and hatch. Crash protection is provided by an extremely rigid passenger cell with an ingenious structural design for the distribution and absorption of impact energy; while passive safety features include dual-stage airbags, side airbags in the front, and curtain airbags to protect driver and passengers in case of side impact.

Sales of the estate are forecast to account for 17% of the Mazda6 volume mix and diesel will account for up to 40% of all Mazda sales. Sales to company cars are expected to take up to 70%.

Mazda6 Diesel

Model
Engine
On the Road
CO2
Insurance
Mazda6 5dr S 2.0 121ps £14,595 179 7E
Mazda6 Estate S 2.0 121ps £15,595 182 7E
Mazda6 5dr TS 2.0 121ps £15,595 179 8E
Mazda6 4dr TS 2.0 136ps £16,095 179 8E
Mazda6 5dr TS 2.0 136ps £16,095 179 8E
Mazda6 5dr TS2 2.0 121ps £17,095 179 8E
Mazda6 Estate TS 2.0 136ps £17,095 176 8E
Mazda6 4dr TS2 2.0 136ps £17,595 179 8E
Mazda6 5dr TS2 2.0 136ps £17,595 179 8E
Mazda6 4dr Sport 2.0 136ps £18,595 179 9E
Mazda6 5dr Sport 2.0 136ps £18,595 179 9E
Mazda6 Estate TS2 2.0 136ps £18,595 176 8E

Mazda6 Estate

Model
Engine
On the Road
CO2
Insurance
Mazda6 S 2.0 £14,995 203 9E
Mazda6 TS 2.0 £15,995 203 9E
Mazda6 TS AT 2.0 £16,995 215 9E
Mazda6 TS2 2.0 £16,995 203 9E
Mazda6 TS2 AT 2.0 £17,995 215 9E
Mazda6 S Diesel 2.0 121ps £15,595 182 7E
Mazda6 TS Diesel 2.0 136ps £17,095 176 8E
Mazda6 TS2 Diesel 2.0 136ps £18,595 176 8E
Published 30 August 2002 Melanie Carter

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