The new range of Mazda cars is on its way, with the all new Mazda 2 the first to be replaced, the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6 are all in set for an upgrade. With that in mind, Mazda Australia has added some value to the current Mazda6 shape to help sales going.
Previously the the top-selling Mazda6 came in "Limited", "Classic", "Luxury" variants, however since two weeks ago the sedan, hatch and wagon range is available in "Sports", "Classic Sports" and "Diesel" variants. Meanwhile the 190 kilowatt turbocharged, all-wheel drive Mazda6 MPS range remains the same.
The Sports models, which is a replacement for the classic models, sees a price drop from $31,980 to a very respectable $28,990 for for the six-speed manual sedan. But the price difference isn't the only benefit, the new Sports model gets
- new cloth seat trim with blue highlights (depending on the car's exterior color),
- black brush centre console and door switch trim panels,
- high gloss finish 16 inch alloy wheels,
- chrome door handles and a rear spoiler on the sedan and hatch variants.
As far as safety goes, Mazda is one of the best, and the entire Mazda6 range comes with six airbags - dual front, front side for driver and passenger and head protecting curtain airbags and ABS anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution
Some other innovative safety features include
- a breakaway brake pedal to reduce possible foot,ankle and lower leg injury;
- anti-whiplash head restraints for the front seats while all three rear-seat passengers get a head restraints and a lap/sash seatbelt.
The car is powered by a 122 kilowatt and 207Nm of torque 2.3-litre MZR engine and mated to a new six speed manual or five-speed Activematic automatic transmission with manual gear selection mode.
The Classic Sports, which replaces the Luxury Sports, drops in price from $40,995 to $39,990, and with the $1,000 saving you also get Dynamic Stability Control and chrome door handles.
Other features include
- 17-inch alloys,
- power sunroof,
- leather seats,
- Bose sound system with seven speakers,
- a power-operated driver's seat with three position memory,
- full body kit, "straight-through" twin exhaust outlets and alloy pedals.
The Classic sports is powered by and driven via the same engine and gearbox as the sports variant.
The Diesel wagon and hatch models are priced from $35,205 and come with standard features such as
- high gloss 16 inch alloys
- black brush centre console and door switch trim
For those opting out for the Diesel variant, you can rest assured knowing the direct injection and turbocharged Mazda6 diesel engine is of capable ability with a class-leading 360 Newton metres of torque. However the power figure is slightly lower than expected at 105 kilowatts.
Either way the Diesel variant manages the 0-100km/h dash in 9.5 seconds. Whilst that is no where near that of the Mazda6 MPS which does the same run in 6.6 seconds. The fuel consumption is where it makes the difference. Consuming on average just 5.9L/100km - according to government fuel economy tests - the diesel Mazda6 models can travel more than 1,000 kilometres on a single tank of fuel!
On the highway you can expect fuel usage to drop down even further to use just 5.0L/100km, which in theory will let you get along for more than 1250km from the Mazda6's 64 litre fuel tank.
The new Mazda6 range is on sale now. Expect to see the all new Mazda6 (and Mazda2/3) in the next 12 months.