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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Mazda6 wagon has been unveiled for the first time as the Japanese manufacturer celebrates the start of production of its third-generation medium car.

A European-spec red Mazda6 wagon (pictured above) with a 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine was the first model to roll off the production line at the manufacturer’s Hofu Plant No. 2 in Yamaguchi prefecture.

The Mazda6 wagon will make its official public debut at the 2012 Paris motor show on September 29, exactly one month after the Mazda6 sedan is unveiled in full at the 2012 Moscow motor show at the end of August.

Both sedan and wagon body styles are expected to go on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2013, replacing the second-generation sedan, wagon and hatch variants that first hit our shores in early 2008.

Previewed by last month’s spy shots, the wagon shares its front-end design with the new sedan, sporting an upright grille and thinner, more aggressive headlights.

Side-on, the wagon features a shallow glasshouse thanks to its tapered roofline, while at the back the rear window is more heavily raked than the second-gen model and trades the outgoing car’s clear tail-light lenses for darker red fixtures.

The new Mazda6 will initially come with the choice of the 2.0-litre petrol engine or Mazda’s 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D diesel motor, both of which are teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Debuting in the new Mazda6 is the company’s i-ELOOP regenerative braking system, which works in tandem with stop-start engine technology to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent.

The full specifications of the 2013 Mazda6 will be revealed over the coming months as the car hits the international motor show circuit.




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