The unveiling of the third-generation sedan will be followed one month later by the new Mazda6 wagon, which will make its public debut at the 2012 Paris motor show on September 29.
Both body styles are expected to go on sale in Australia in the first quarter of next year, replacing the second-generation sedan, wagon and hatch variants that first hit the market in February 2008. Mazda has no plans at this stage to produce a hatch variant based on the third-generation vehicle.
The Mazda6 sedan unveiled in Moscow has been built to Russian specification, and teams Mazda’s 2.0-litre direct-injection ‘SkyActiv-G’ petrol engine with the six-speed automatic ‘SkyActiv-Drive’ transmission (both of which are already available in the Mazda3 SP20 and Mazda CX-5 in Australia).
The 2.0-litre petrol engine is expected to be offered in Australia alongside the 2.2-litre ‘SkyActiv-D’ diesel, also found in the mid-sized CX-5 SUV, while other engines may also join the range in time.
A comprehensive teaser campaign has ensured there are few surprises in the new Mazda6’s exterior styling, which embraces the ‘Kodo’ design language of the original Mazda Takeri concept first seen at the 2011 Tokyo motor show.
The second car after the CX-5 to be built from the ground up using Mazda’s new SkyActiv technology, the new Mazda6 will become the first model to feature the brand’s ‘i-ELOOP’ regenerative braking system, which is designed to further enhance the car’s fuel economy.
Mazda Australia expects the third-generation Mazda6 to build on the success of the outgoing model, which is currently the third best selling medium-sized car in the country behind the locally made Toyota Camry and the Japanese-built Honda Accord Euro.
Expect more details to be revealed in the lead up to the Moscow show at the end of next month.