If you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the new Mazda 6, you’ll be pleased to know that the car maker has brought forward the on sale date for the upgraded models for 2010.
Already in Mazda showrooms, the new 19-strong range features an updated exterior and interior, along with additional equipment and a range of technical enhancements that improve fuel economy by up to 6.4% and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 6.1%.
Two body styles of hatchback and estate are on offer, with six engines (three petrol and three diesel) and four equipment levels – S, TS, TS2, and Sport – to choose from.
A new 2-litre DISI petrol engine delivers 155ps (up from 147ps), while the lower power 2.2-litre diesel generates more power and torque – up 4ps to 129ps and up 20Nm to 340Nm at 1,800rpm. The highest power 2.2-litre diesel now produces 180ps (down 5ps) but modifications to the turbocharger boost torque delivery (while aiding fuel economy and cutting emissions).
A Sport 2.0-litre petrol model with Mazda’s five-speed automatic transmission has been introduced after dealers reported a demand for a top-of-the-range model with this specification.
The upgraded Mazda6 achieves fuel economy average improvements of 3.2% for petrol and 4.1% for diesel and CO2 emission reductions average 4.4% and 4.8% respectively, so the lower power 2.2-litre, 129ps diesel hatchback now has a rating of just 138g/km. These improvements move many models into a lower RFL band. All new Mazda6 models now meet Euro5 emission standards.
Upgraded equipment for the new Mazda6 encompasses ‘smart’ turn indicators and emergency stop signal for all models. Additional items for 2010, moving up the range include: rear spoiler (TS upwards); front & rear parking sensors and hill hold assist (TS2 upwards), and swivel‑type AFS front lights (Sport).
A choice of eight exterior colours is available – including a single solid colour (brilliant black), two metallics (clear water blue and sunlight silver), and five micas (black, graphite, stormy blue, copper red and crystal white pearl). Standard interior trim is black cloth (S, TS and TS2), with part cloth/part leather trim on Sport models. Full leather trim is now available as an option on all TS2 and Sport models, and includes powered driver and front passenger seats with a memory function on the driver’s seat.