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by Matt Brogan

Since its introduction in 2002, the Mazda6 has sold more than 1.8 million units in 80 countries around the globe — including 85,000 in Australia — and has received more than 160 motoring awards from key markets that include Australia Canada, China, Germany, Japan and the United States.

Today, the new Mazda6 evolves the nameplate yet again with design improvements and equipment upgrades certain to see the popular model maintain its position as one of Australia’s most highly regarded cars.

The new Mazda6 shares the same ‘bold and exquisite’ design concept as displayed in the previous model but is now enhanced to provide what Mazda say is “a stronger impression of dynamism and sportiness”.

Outside, Mazda’s new family identity is reflected in changes to the front fascia and grille, which is also used to differentiate model grades. Headlamp and fog lamp designs have also been refined while aerodynamics are improved thanks to the addition of plate-type front tyre deflectors. The new Mazda6 also incorporates newly designed 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Interior refinement has also been improved with refreshed trim decoration now featuring an increased use of chrome-plated and piano-black surfaces. Seat upholstery has been updated while the instrumentation panel and centre displays have been made easier to read. Mazda have also revised the steering wheel switches for more intuitive operation.

Mechanical changes include tweaks to the suspension system and steering, the introduction of Hill Launch Assist on all manual models and the adoption of a smaller turbocharger on MZR-CD (diesel) 2.2-litre engines for better acceleration response.

The Mazda6 range will continue to be offered with a choice of four-cylinder MZR 2.5-litre petrol and MZR-CD 2.2-litre diesel engines.

Safety equipment levels remain unchanged with six airbags, ABS braking and Dynamic Stability Control included as standard across the Mazda6 range. All Mazda6 models achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Mazda Australia expects to sell an average of around 680 units per month. Pricing and range highlights are included below:

Mazda6 Limited (sedan from $27,310*)

  • 2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed Activematic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Air-conditioning, cruise control, MP3-compatible CD-player with four speakers, aux-in jack for MP3 player, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel and variable intermittent wipers, 16-inch steel wheels with 205/60 tyres, chrome exhaust extensions, body kit with front and rear aero bumpers and side skirts
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Emergency Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Hill Launch Assist (HLA) (manual only), front, side and curtain SRS airbags, active front head restraints

Mazda6 Classic (sedan from $31,750*; hatch from $32,750*; wagon from $35,050*)

  • 2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
  • Six-speed manual (sedan and hatch) or five-speed Activematic transmissionMazda6 Limited equipment plus auto headlamps on/off, Bluetooth® phone connectivity, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, leather wrapped steering wheel, wipers with rain sensing function, MP3 compatible six-disc in-dash CD player with six speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls, trip computer with current and average fuel consumption, fuel range, average speed and speed alert
  • Newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 tyres and front fog lamps

Mazda6 Diesel (wagon from $36,250*)

  • 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder 16 valve DOHC intercooled turbodiesel engine with 132kW and 400Nm
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Equivalent equipment level to Mazda6 Classic

Mazda6 Touring (wagon from $38,120*)

  • 2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
  • Five-speed Activematic transmission
  • Mazda6 Classic equipment plus leather seat trim, seats (front) with three-position memory function and eight-way power adjustment (driver) and four-way power adjustment (passenger), parking sensors (front and rear)

Mazda6 Luxury (sedan from $40,905*)

  • 2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
  • Five-speed Activematic transmission
  • Mazda6 Touring equipment plus: sports grille, blackout instrument cluster, leather wrapped gearshift knob, paddle shift gear control, power sliding and tilt glass sun-roof, rear view mirror with auto dimming function, premium Bose® 240 watt amplifier with eight speakers, LED rear lamps, xenon headlamps

Mazda6 Luxury Sports (hatch from $41,415*)

  • 2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed Activematic transmission
  • Mazda6 Luxury equipment plus rear spoiler, aluminium pedals and footrest, bi-xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), updated 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres

Mazda6 Diesel Sports (hatch from $42,815*)

  • 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder 16 valve DOHC intercooled turbodiesel engine with 132kW and 400Nm
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Equivalent equipment level to Mazda6 Luxury Sports without power sliding and tilt glass sun-roof

Satellite Navigation Option ($2800*)

  • Available on Luxury, Luxury Sports and Diesel Sports models only
  • Seven-inch touch-screen satellite navigation integrating Whereis® Sensis maps, Bluetooth (hands-free compatible), Bluetooth audio (MP3 player compatible)
  • Controlled by either touch-screen or voice

*Pricing is a guide as recommended to us by the manufacturer and does not include dealer delivery, on-road or statutory charges.

Mazda6 Range Highlights

Mazda6 Limited

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) from $27,310 (sedan)
2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
6-speed manual or 5-speed Activematic transmission
Front-wheel drive
Air-conditioning, cruise control, MP3-compatible CD-player with four speakers, AUX-in jack for MP3 player, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel and variable intermittent wipers
16-inch steel wheels with 205/60 tyres,
Chrome exhaust extensions
Body kit with front and rear aero bumpers and side skirts
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Emergency Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Hill Launch Assist (HLA) (manual only), front, side and curtain SRS airbags, active front head restraints
Mazda6 Classic

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) from $31,750 (sedan), $32,750 (hatch), $35,050 (wagon)
2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
6-speed manual (sedan and hatch) or 5-speed Activematic transmission
Mazda6 Limited equipment plus:

Auto headlamps on/off, Bluetooth® phone connectivity, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, leather wrapped steering wheel, wipers with rain sensing function, MP3 compatible six-disc in-dash CD player with six speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls
Trip computer with current and average fuel consumption, fuel range, average speed and speed alert
Newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 tyres and front fog lamps
Mazda6 Diesel

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) $36,250 (wagon)
2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder 16 valve DOHC intercooled turbodiesel engine with 132kW and 400Nm
6-speed manual transmission
Equivalent equipment level to Mazda6 Classic

Mazda6 Touring

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) $38,120 (wagon)
2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
5-speed Activematic transmission
Mazda6 Classic equipment plus:

Leather seat trim, seats (front) with 3-position memory function and 8-way power adjustment (driver) and 4-way power adjustment (passenger), parking sensors (front and rear)
Mazda6 Luxury

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) $40,905 (sedan)
2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
5-speed Activematic transmission
Mazda6 Touring equipment plus:

Sports grille
Blackout instrument cluster, leather wrapped gearshift knob, paddle shift gear control, power sliding and tilt glass sun-roof, rear view mirror with auto dimming function, premium Bose® 240 watt amplifier with 8 speakers, LED rear lamps, Xenon headlamps
Mazda6 Luxury Sports

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) from $41,415 (hatch)
2.5-litre in-line four cylinder 16 valve DOHC petrol engine with 125kW and 226Nm
6-speed manual or 5-speed Activematic transmission
Mazda6 Luxury equipment plus:

Rear spoiler
Aluminium pedals and footrest, bi-Xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting system (AFS),
Updated 18 inch alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres
Mazda6 Diesel Sports

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) $42,815 (hatch)
2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder 16 valve DOHC intercooled turbodiesel engine with 132kW and 400Nm
6-speed manual transmission
Equivalent equipment level to Mazda6 Luxury Sports with:
No power sliding and tilt glass sun-roof

Satellite Navigation Option

Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) $2,800
Available on Luxury, Luxury Sports and Diesel Sports models only
7-inch touch-screen satellite navigation integrating:
Whereis® Sensis maps
Bluetooth (hands-free compatible)
Bluetooth audio (MP3 player compatible)
Controlled by either touch-screen or voice





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