Mazda6 Sport 4 AWD

The Mazda6 Sport4 AWD completes the Mazda6 line-up with a vehicle that is ideally suited to a wide variety of lifestyles with its full-time four-wheel drive and Activematic transmission. The Mazda6 Sport4 AWD goes on sale in November at £19,995 with an insurance group of 13E.

Capable of towing up to 1,600kg and offering excellent traction on low friction surfaces, the Mazda6 Sport4 AWD is an ideal vehicle for those who want a little more from their Mazda6 and need a car capable of meeting the demands of their lifestyle.

With Mazda's smooth and responsive 2.3-litre MZ-R engine coupled to the Activematic transmission, the Mazda6 Sport4 AWD also tackles city and motorway driving with ease. Add to the equation the superior Mazda6 chassis and the car is fun to drive on twisting back roads.

The Mazda6 Sport4 AWD completes the current line-up of the Mazda6 range, a range that has already been acclaimed for its outstanding driving dynamics, quality finish and stunning good looks. But some customers want even more: more comfort, more traction and more active safety features. It is for these drivers that Mazda developed the Mazda6 Sport4 AWD.

As the name suggests, engine output is transmitted to all four wheels and the road surface permanently, which provides optimal traction on wet, slick roads, and enhances both safety and driving enjoyment. An electronic double de-clutch system distributes power output between the front and rear axles according to driving behaviour and surface characteristics, thus optimising driving stability and fuel consumption.

Mazda6's new five-speed automatic transmission "Activematic" offers the driver the choice of either automatic or semi-automatic mode. Activematic's first three gears are relatively short, gears four and five are longer and allow for lower noise levels in the passenger compartment and lower fuel consumption. If the driver chooses to shift manually a second shift mode is available that allows the gears to be changed up or down sequentially. A special sensor constantly monitors the roll angle of the vehicle and is integrated into the control electronics of the transmission system to provide additional driving comfort. This system not only effectively prevents sudden shifting on long uphill stretches, it automatically selects a lower gear on downhill stretches and supplies major support for the braking system.

The exterior design of the Mazda6 Sport4 AWD is nearly identical to the Mazda6 Estate. Its five-point grille, the striking air intake openings in the front bumper spoiler and the elegantly thin headlamps of clear glass emphasise its sporty character. The rear end design of the car is dominated by the rear lamps which wrap around into the side body and form an optical link between the boot trim panel and the rear side panelling. To emphasise its sporty character the Mazda Sport4 AWD specification also adds xenon gas discharge headlights, electric tilt and slide sunroof, 17" alloys and a rear spoiler over the TS2 model.

The Mazda Sport4 AWD further emphasises Mazda's commitment to providing price value for customers, particularly at the top end of the product range. The Mazda Sport4 AWD represents over £3,000 of extras on a car that is priced just £2,000 over the Mazda6 TS2 Estate Auto. The higher specification also includes Activematic transmission, permanent four-wheel drive and auto levelling suspension.

The interior has been designed in typical Mazda6 style. The dimensions of passenger and luggage compartment are more generous than its sporty appearance indicates. The Mazda6 Sport4 AWD offers a non-expanded boot capacity of 490 litres. Once the rear seats are folded down a class leading space of 1,694 litres is available.

No compromises were made when it came to the new Mazda6 Sport4 AWD's safety. An extremely rigid safety cell has an ingenious system for the distribution and absorption of collision energy. Passive safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front side airbags and curtain airbags which protect passengers in the front and back of the vehicle against injuries in side impact collisions. Active safety features are optimised by a modern, four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assistance (EBA), dynamic stability control (DSC) and automatic ride-height control.


Published : 01/11/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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