Mazda's all-new Mazda6 midsized sedan and wagon range has arrived in Australia, bringing a sharp new look, improved fuel efficiency, more powerful engines and greatly improved interiors.
Pricing starts at $33,460 for the base model Mazda6 Sport sedan, representing a $1010 increase in the price of entry compared to the previous Mazda6 range.
Balancing the increase is a six-speed automatic across all models, including, finally, diesel variants.
The new 6 - both sedan and wagon - sits on a stretched wheelbase, and is roomier inside as a result.
Curiously, the wagon is slightly shorter than the sedan in both wheelbase and overall length - but nevertheless longer than the model it replaces. Legroom all round is increased, particularly for back seat passengers.
This engine delivers 138kW and 250Nm of torque - 10 percent more power and 11 percent more torque than in the current previous-generation petrol Mazda6.
Fuel consumption for the petrol engine is a claimed 6.6 l/100km in both wagon and sedan.
The diesel option is the 2.2 litre Skyactiv-D, which is available in both the sedan and wagon.
The SkyActiv-D diesel offers 129kW and 420Nm of torque, returning fuel consumption figures pegged of a listed 4.2 l/100km.
Power from both engines is taken to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission, which also has paddle shifters behind the steering wheel on all models.
Another standard feature on all 2013 Mazda6 models is Mazda's i-Eloop regenerative braking system.
Differing slightly from conventional re-gen systems, i-Eloop stores braking energy in a capacitor, rather than the more common battery storage.
Like most systems, i-Eloop recovers kinetic energy only 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 is also a standard feature, saving fuel by switching the engine off when the car is stationary.
Inside, the new 6 mimics the subtle design of the CX-5, with soft-touch materials for high contact areas.
A 3.5 inch display ahead of the driver diplays all trip-computer functions, while a five-inch colour multimedia interface is used in the centre stack.
Features, depending on trim grade, include an 11-speaker Bose audio system, a 5.8-inch touchscreen with TomTom satellite navigation, iPod/USB/Bluetooth connectivity, retrieval and reading of email/SMS/MMS messages, radar-based cruise control, climate control and parking assistance systems.
Also add daytime running lights, bi-xenon or halogen headlights, high-beam control, adaptive front lights and hill launch assist.
Wagon models feature a top-mounted wing and roof rails, while GT and Atenza models in both body styles get a power sliding and tilt moonroof.
Sport models get a cloth seat trim, while Touring, GT and Atenza models get a leather trim. The top three models also get four-way power adjusting seat for the front passenger, and eight-away power adjusting for the driver.
Safety features include front, curtain front and rear, and side front airbags, along with anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, electronic brake-force distribution.
All models except the Sport are equipped with parking sensors front and rear.
Depending on specification, the new 6 will benefit from a raft of i-ActiveSense safety technologies. Among them, Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring.
As previously, the sedan features a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, while the wagon version maintains the ‘karakuri’ mechanism that integrates the seat base to permit flat-folding of the backrests.
All Australian models now feature a space-saver spare wheel, despite seats-up cargo capacity dropping (from 519 litres) to 438 litres for sedan, and 451 litres for wagons.
Entry models will come equipped with 17-inch wheels, while higher-end versions will score larger 19-inch hoops.
- Sport - $33,460
- Touring - $37,500
- GT - $43,220
- Atenza - $46,810
- Touring - $40,350
- GT - $46,070
- Atenza - $49,660
- Sport - $34,760
- Touring - $38,800
- GT - $44,520
- Touring - $41,650
- GT - $47,370
- Atenza - $50,960
A new 'Soul Red' colour option is also available, adding $200 to the purchase price.
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.