New Mazda6 Estate
New Mazda6 Estate

The current Mazda6 has been a success with both customers and the media since launch, especially in Europe. A total of 293,000 have been sold globally, with nearly half of them, 141,000 units, finding owners here (through end of January 2010). The current Mazda6 has also won 32 media and industry awards in just 25 months. It has truly wide appeal and has won a variety of different awards - from 13 "Car of the Year" trophies, to "Greenest Petrol Car" in the Royal Dutch Touring Club's ECOTEST 2008, to "Best New Car" from Fleet World in the UK in 2008.

Exterior design appeal combined with a spacious and functional interior is one of the current Mazda6's strongest selling points. Mazda's new family face is introduced with the updated model for a strong, sporty look that's carried out in solid build quality. On the inside, a number of changes to the interior make the cabin even more reined. There are new decorative surfaces, new materials for the dash and steering wheel, new upholstery and colour combinations.

New fog lamps bezels are introduced that are more pointed and lowing. These bezels frame an "inner eye" made up of a round fog lamp inside a lowing lower lid for a strong sense of refinement. There are also newly-designed headlamps, and an upper grille with a new winged Mazda logo that is black on all grades and body-coloured on the Sports Grade. Deeply etched character lines running up from the grille between the fenders and the bonnet complete the most athletic Mazda6 front ever.

The facelift interior has undergone a further refinement in materials for a higher quality feel. These include new chrome detailing with piano-black panelling, and chrome plating is newly added to knobs and switches that passengers use on a daily basis - for the climate control and audio dials, parking brake knob and the inner door handles. New piano-black is introduced for the audio and climate control panelling, the centre stack frame, around the shift gate and for the panel containing the steering wheel buttons.

A quiet and comfortable cabin greets passengers of the Mazda6 facelift. It inherits extensive sound- absorbing materials, optimised A-pillars, mirror shapes and extremely tight-fitting doors for low wind noise. The original model's sound-optimised centre floor structure is also retained, along with dash panel and roof reinforcements, more rigid wheels and dynamic dampers on the upper arms of the front suspension and on the rear knuckles - for low road noise.

For the Mazda6 facelift's 2.2-litre diesel engines, noise that can occur during cold start is reduced. Measures taken here include revising the pressures, pattern and timing of fuel injection, revising the control of exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR), and using glow plugs which assist combustion.

Introduced for the first time is a new, more efficient MZR 2.0 DISI petrol, a newly-reined MZR 2.2 turbo diesel in three derivatives and single-nano technology catalysts for all petrol engines. Add two carry-over MZR petrol, and the engine line-up will satisfy the needs of almost all customers.

For the Mazda6 facelift, Mazda replaces the mid-sized petrol engine of the original model with a 2.0-litre MZR DISI petrol that is more fuel-efficient, livelier and faster. This high-revving direct-injection petrol produces a maximum output of 114 kW/155 PS at 6,200 rpm and 193 Nm of maximum torque at 4,500 rpm. It injects petrol in a finely atomised spray directly into the cylinders, and when this vaporizes it lowers the combustion temperature. This is so effective at suppressing knock - usually a problem with direct-injection petrols - that a high compression ratio can be employed, which delivers power, high acceleration and good fuel economy.

Customers can choose between Mazda's precise-shifting six-speed manual transmission - with higher third, fourth and sixth gear ratios for fuel efficiency at higher speeds - or a new five-speed Activematic automatic gearbox with manual shift mode. The five-speed automatic transmission has newly optimised torque-converter characteristics that deliver an optimal combination of acceleration and fuel economy. This powertrain provides comfortable yet sporty driving while using just 7.6 litres per 100 km (combined) in the saloon and hatchback versions.

Published : 04/05/10 Author : Staff

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