2013 MAZDA6 REVEALED
Mazda has given the all-new Mazda6 sedan an unveiling at this week's Moscow Motor Show, ahead of its early-2013 Australian debut.
The midsized family car's Moscow reveal comes on the tail of shadowy teaser images showing that the new Mazda6 would draw its styling cues from the earlier Takeri concept.
The Takeri's look has carried over faithfully into the design of the third-generation 6, the two cars set apart largely by the production model's softer lines, larger glasshouse and taller face.
The Takeri's complex headlight internals have been swapped for a conventional lens and projector arrangement, and a BMW-like 'halo' LED light ring is also featured.
Other points of difference include a slightly shorter grille, larger tail-lights, conventional door handles and softened character lines along the car's profile.
For 2013, Mazda will drop the popular hatchback bodystyle from the 6 range, leaving only the sedan shown here, and the wagon revealed earlier this month.
Along with the new CX-5 SUV, the 2013 6 is among the first models to feature the full suite of Mazda's new 'SkyActiv' engines, transmissions and lightweight construction processes.
International engine options will include the direct-injected 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine, producing 110kW at 6000rpm and 210Nm of torque at 4000rpm.
A larger 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine will also be offered, delivering a heftier 141kW at 5700rpm and 256Nm at 3250rpm.
The 2.0 litre petrol engine will be offered with a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission or a six-speed SkyActiv-MT manual. The 2.5 litre engine will be mated to the SkyActiv-Drive unit only.
Depending on specification, the 2.0 litre engine's fuel consumption is as low as 5.9 l/100km, while the 2.5 litre engine's fuel use is listed at 6.4 l/100km. You'll pay for that efficiency however, with both engines running on premium unleaded petrol.
(Note that Mazda6-specific engine details have only been revealed for the Russian market at this stage).
The new 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D diesel will also be on offer - tested by TMR last year - offering 136kW and 420Nm of torque.
Mated to the SkyActiv-Drive auto, fuel consumption for this model is pegged at a low 4.2 l/100km.
The new car will be the first model to feature Mazda's new i-Eloop regenerative braking system, storing braking energy in a capacitor rather than the more common battery arrangement.
Like most systems, i-Eloop recovers kinetic energy as the vehicle decelerates, which the alternator uses to generate electricity that is then sent to the capacitor.
The stored energy is used to power the vehicle's climate control, audio system and other electrical features. The system will also charge the vehicle's battery when necessary. Mazda's i-stop system will also feature.
Mazda has also developed a strong new SkyActiv lightweight platform, featuring a wider use of ultra-high tensile steel, improving torsional rigidity by around 30 percent.
The new car's suspension package includes MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear.
Steering is managed by an electric-assisted rack-and-pinion arrangement, and Mazda promises class-leading noise/vibration/harshness qualities.
Features and Dimensions
The new Mazda6 sits on a much longer wheelbase than its predecessor, measuring 2830mm to the outgoing model's 2725mm.
Shoulder-room in the front has increased by 20mm, while rear knee-room is up 43mm over the older model and overall rear leg-room has increased by 37mm.
Rear storage capacity in the sedan is listed at 483 litres. Storage figures for the wagon are still to be revealed. The current wagon lists capacity at 510/1702 litres.
Features include a 3.5-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster and a five-inch display in the centre panel.
The instrument display lists trip management functions and details, while the main displays controls for the audio system and satellite navigation.
Safety features include high-beam control, adaptive front lights, hill-launch assist, rear vehicle monitoring, lane departure warning and smart city brake support. A full complement of airbags is also featured.
The new Mazda6 sedan and wagon will make their European and Japanese debut this year, with Australian release set for early 2013.
Watch for more details on local timing in the coming weeks - and don't be surprised if you see the new Mazda6 at the Australian International Motor Show in October.
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