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The car which launched Mazda’s massive surge into the market is about to be replaced with a new one. The all-new Mazda6 is on display at the Sydney Motor Show and Mazda has released some preliminary details.

For Mazda fans, 2002 was the year the 626 was replaced with the 6 and Mazda began the new generation of models which included the Mazda2 (121), Mazda3 (323) and CX-7. With almost 65,000 Mazda6 owners in Australia alone, the 2nd genration Mazda6 has a lot riding on its shoulders.

The new Mazda6 is longer, wider, more powerful and fuel efficient than before. Although official prices are still unconfirmed, $30,000 should see you driving away in an entry model 6.

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Offered in sedan, hatch and wagon, all models are powered by a newly developed 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 125kW and 226 Nm of torque. Australia will not see the V6 any time soon.

In another step towards better road safety, the new Mazda6 will come standard with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control (TCS) across the range.

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Other standard features include air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, power mirrors and windows, remote central locking, six airbags, ABS anti-lock brakes and MP3 player connectivity.

From the inside, Mazda have gone for a “Bold and Exquisite” design theme. However, with the entire Mazda range emphasising a sporty Zoom-Zoom, the 6 receives a snug, cockpit-like driving environment.

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The new 6 has also received its share of suspension updates, for the front, the high-mounted double-wishbone front suspension is mounted on a subframe now attached to the body at six points instead of four. For the rear, the front pivot of the trailing link is now placed higher to reduce tail-lift under braking, and the dampers are mounted more upright to improve the leverage acting on them.

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 The Mazda6 faces some tough new competition from Ford’s recently released Mondeo as well as Skoda’s Octavia.

    Sedan Hatch Wagon
Engine
Engine Type   In-line 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC
Displacement cc 2,488
Max. Power kW 125 @ 6000rpm
Max. Torque Nm 226 @ 4000rpm
Dimensions
Overall Length mm 4735 4735 4765
Overall Width mm 1795 1795 1795
Overall Height mm 1440 1440 1490/roof rails
Wheelbase mm 2725 2725 2725
Tread Front 1570-1550 1550 1550
  Rear 1570-1550 1550 1550
Seating Capacity   5 5 5
Door   4 5 5
Transmission Type 6-speed manual /5-speed Activematic 6-speed manual /5-speed Activematic 5-speed Activematic
Suspension Front Double Wishbone Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
  Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Brake Front Ventilated discs Ventilated discs Ventilated discs
  Rear Solid discs Solid discs Solid discs



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