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.

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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 HatchWagon
Engine
Engine Type In-line 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC
Displacementcc2,488
Max. PowerkW125 @ 6000rpm
Max. TorqueNm226 @ 4000rpm
Dimensions
Overall Lengthmm473547354765
Overall Widthmm179517951795
Overall Heightmm144014401490/roof rails
Wheelbasemm272527252725
TreadFront1570-155015501550
 Rear1570-155015501550
Seating Capacity 555
Door 455
TransmissionType6-speed manual /5-speed Activematic6-speed manual /5-speed Activematic5-speed Activematic
SuspensionFrontDouble WishboneDouble WishboneDouble Wishbone
 RearMulti-LinkMulti-LinkMulti-Link
BrakeFrontVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs
 RearSolid discsSolid discsSolid discs