The new Mazda6 MZR-CD sports will be available in both hatch and wagon body styles and land in Mazda dealerships towards the end of the year. Mazda says given the power upgrade and the new look, the diesel 6 will become a genuine competitor to the expensive European luxury cars.
When most car companies say "power upgrade" it's essentially to the tune of 5-10kW and not much else, using a new 2.2-litre turbodiesel, Mazda has increased power by a massive 31kW (compared to the the 2.0-litre engine found in the previous generation) to 136kW and squeezed out an additional 40Nm of torque to hit 400Nm (from 1,800 rpm).
Meanwhile the new 2009 Mazda6 MZR-CD is expected to maintain a similar fuel economy figure of 5.9L/100km to its predecessor.
"This spirited and economical new-generation engine will further cement Mazda's leadership as the only Japanese brand offering diesel-powered passenger cars for environmentally conscious Australians. This new diesel engine will deliver on the seemingly conflicting attributes of robust and refined, powerful and efficient. And we're confident it'll arrive with a compelling sub-$40,000 price." Mazda Australia Managing Director Doug Dickson said,
The new Mazda6 diesel's power and torque will be managed through a six-speed manual transmission, once again the biggest complaint will remain. Where is an auto option for the diesel?
The Japanese giant says the company is committed to improving fuel economy by at least 30 per cent across the range by 2015 and the new Mazda6 MZR-CD is one of the first steps towards that goal.
Expect the new 6 in Australia by around December alongside its smaller brother the Mazda3 MZR-CD diesel ($29,500).