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|Updated 2017 Mazda6 Arrives In The UK With More Tech, Improved Diesels [69 Pics]||
The 2017 Mazda6 is coming to the UK armed with a range of technological upgrades, including advanced torque vectoring and an improved diesel engine lineup.
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|Mazda6 Gets Updated Equipment For 2017 [46 Pics]||
The Mazda3 isn't the only model from the Zoom-Zoom brand to have been updated for the 2017 model year. So has its bigger brother, the Mazda6. But since the sedan just underwent a facelift last year, the shape remains the same while the equipment underneath is upgraded.
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|Mazda Details New-Gen SKYACTIV-VEHICLE Dynamics [w/Video]||
Part of Mazda's new vehicle motion control technologies, the G-Vectoring Control system will be introduced across the Japanese automaker's entire model range, starting with the 2017 Mazda Axela, aka Mazda3.
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|Mazda 6 And 3 Could Get CX-9’s Punchy 2.5 Turbo – MPS Variants On The Way?||
|Mazda Wants To Expand MPS Reach, Still Mulling About Its Range||
Through time Mazda rolled out not a few performance models, but so far it lacks a distinct division in the vein of the BMW M, Mercedes-AMG and Audi Sport.
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|New Takata Recall Affects Several Mazda Models||
Mazda North American Operations has announced a new recall for several different vehicles due to a problem with the Takata airbag inflators.
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|Mazda Lifts The Veil On Tokyo Auto Salon-Bound Concepts||
Five different concepts have been unveiled by Mazda ahead of the Tokyo Auto Salon next month. As with concepts already seen from the likes of Honda and Daihatsu, Mazda's concepts aren't outlandish and simply add both aggression and sophistication to five cars from the brand.
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|Mazda Has Produced 3 Million New-Gen Models Since 2011||
Mazda announced today that global production for new-generation vehicles featuring SKYACTIV technology and KODO-Soul of Motion design has surpassed three million units.
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|2014 Mazda MAZDA6 Grand Touring Review & Test Drive||
The all-new 2014 Mazda 6 is so much better all-around than the previous model. It is sleeker, longer, wider yet lighter on its feet. Utilizing Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, the engine, fuel economy, transmission, suspension and braking systems of the Mazda 6 have been redesigned to work in harmony with each other to produce a much better Mazda 6i Grand Touring sedan that I tested.
With the KODO ‘Soul of Motion’ design language, first expressed on the SHINARI Concept, the all-new Mazda6 matches nearly every sinuous sheet metal curve of its conceptual twin the TAKERI Concept. From its elongated cab-forward stance, muscular fenders and sweeping character lines-the new Mazda6 looks like nothing else on the road. The style features the familiar Mazda five-point chrome ‘signature wing’ front grill. The chrome strikes beyond the grille to continue into the eagle-eye shaped adaptive HID headlights. A new LED strip functions as the daytime running lights. Nestled within its black horizontal lines and flanked by piano black top-line trim is the Mazda badge. The lower front fascia shows a new splitter to keep the front end planted and at the sides are round foglamps. Starting from the sculpted hood and continuing along the prominent front fenders is a pronounced character crease, curing and twisting itself across the A-pillar as another sweeping stroke of the metal emerges to proceed toward the rear. The greenhouse is surrounded by a full-perimeter strip of chrome to give the all-new car a more luxurious touch. Eventually a third crease surfaces to readjust the muscular tone into the stylized wraparound tail lamps before beautifully blending into the ‘signature wing’-matching chrome piece of the trunk lid. Below the rear bumper are dual exhaust finishers at each end to show the performance character from the rear.
This low and sleekly styled Grand Touring Mazda6 cuts through the air with an incredibly low 0.26 coefficient of drag, the lowest in its segment. Placing the all-new model next to the last Mazda6 model shows the vast difference in styling. The all-new model is built on the longest wheelbase among the competition at 11.4 inches and features a width of just 72.4 inches. Its lean and lighter body is 191.5 inches long and rides on standard 17 inch wheels and tires. The Grand Touring edition comes with 19X8 inch alloy wheels wrapped with 225/45R19 inch Dunlop SP Sport 5000 all-season radial tires for a smooth quiet ride with excellent grip.
Power is provided by the SKYACTIVE–G 2.5 liter, Direct Injected, DOHC, 16-valve, all-aluminum, In-line four-cylinder engine with VVT running a high 13.0:1 compression ratio. This high-tech engine generates a healthy 184hp at 5,700rpm and 185lb.ft. of torque at just 3,250rpm. The engine is mated to the SKYACTIVE-G Drive six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. This smooth shifting automatic comes with paddle shifter on the Grand Touring trim level that I tested for even more fun when behind the wheel. The electric speed sensitive power-assisted rack and pinion steering system is a perfect match for the newly redesigned fully independent suspension. The monocoque unibody construction features more high-tensile strength steel and it weighs 97 pounds less than the previous model. The front and rear suspension subframes enhance stiffness, and inhibit noise, vibration and harshness furthering the superb handling characteristics. Up front is a sport-tuned MacPherson setup with coil springs, twin-tube gas-charged shocks and stabilizer bar. The rear is a multi-link setup with coil springs, twin-tube gas-charged shocks and a stabilizer bar. The ride is so harmonious that with a little touch the car goes where you point it to. It feels very light and nimble when putting it through its paces on curving roads.
Slowing the all-new Mazda6 down from speed are large, power-assisted, steel disc brakes. Up front are 11.7 inch vented rotors and in the rear are 10.9 inch solid rotors. Each rotor is clamped with large single-piston calipers. Control of the vehicle during serve braking or when braking on wet or slick pavement is handled with standard ABS, EBD, BA Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control, and Hill Launch Assist. Each of these safety systems works together to give you more control during emergency situations.
With the new SKYACTIVE-G Powertrain, redesigned suspension and sleeker designed body the all-new Mazda6 i is one fantastic, fun-to-drive four-door sport sedan. Besides the excellent mechanicals is an excellent driver-oriented cabin that features intuitive functions matched with a multitude of well-placed operational controls with ample room for five adults. Repetitive function controls offers drivers a variety of options base on their operational preferences, whether it be via voice control, touch screen, button pushing or knob turning, such as the all-new commander-switch feature situated with the center console which comes standard in the Grand Touring model that I tested. The contoured dash is uncluttered yet still very striking with warm textures of dark satin. Additional high-quality surfaces abound in the form of soft-touch surfaces and high-quality faux wood trim on the dashboard face, around the instrument cluster with aluminum trim around the air vents, on the door pulls, center stack and console. Dark satin finish also appears on knobs and switches making controls easier to locate as well as adding a distinctive design element.
The instrument cluster offers meter lighting that makes the gauges readably clear in bright sunlight as well as minimize eye strain in the darkness. The three-spoke, racing inspired, tilt/telescopic/leather-wrapped steering wheel feels great in your hands and appeals to enthusiasts and offers standard functional features such as steering-wheel mounted audio and cruise controls. The front leather-trimmed bucket seats are soft, comfortable and very supportive featuring 8-way power-adjustments for the driver and dour-way power-adjustments for the front passenger. There are also 2-memory settings for the driver’s seat. The rear 60/40 split bench seat features a pull-down armrest with dual cupholders and vents on the back of the center console to help bring cool/warm air faster to the rear.
My all-new 2014 Mazda6 I Grand Touring vehicle came standard with these features not mentioned above: rain-sensing wipers/washers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated/power-remote sideview mirrors, power moonroof, heated front seats, 5.8 inch color touch-screen display, navigation system, reaview camera, Bose 11-speaker sound system, Sirius satellite radio, USB audio input/HD radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone/audio, auto/off Bi-Xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, halogen foglamps, chrome door kick plates, rear lip spoiler, power windows/door locks, advanced keyless entry, push button start/stop, dual-zone climate control, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, center console with sliding storage box/armrest, carpeted floor mats, grab handles above each passenger door and dual map lamps.
Standard safety features include five-passenger 3-point safety belts/pretensioner/load limiters up front, LATCH system for child seats, anti-theft engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring system, Blind Spot monitoring system, Smart City Brake Support, advanced front dual airbags, front side-impact airbags, front/rear side-curtain airbags, SKYACTIVE Ring Structure, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and an alarm system.
The all-new 2013 Mazda6 i Grand Touring sport sedan is a great looking, performing, comfortable, convenient, ergonomic, safe with the latest in infotainment systems. It is a tremendous leap from the previous generation that was also a great sedan but this new model is even more. During my seven-day test drive the on-board trip computer registered 31.9mpg driving more than 350 miles in the city and on the highway.
Copyright: 2013 Harvey Schwartz
- Price: $29,495 base Grand Touring/$30,695.00 as tested
- Engine: 2.5 liter, Direct Injected, DOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder 184 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm / 185 lb.ft. torque @ 3,250rpm
- Headroom: f/r-38.4/37.1 inches
- Legroom: f/r-42.2/38.7 inches
- Passenger volume: 99.7 cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: 14.8 cu.ft.
- Wheelbase: 111.4 inches
- Track: f/r-62.8/62.4 inches
- Total length: 191.5 inches
- Total width: 72.4 inches
- Total height: 57.1 inches
- Minimum ground clearance: 6.7 inches
- Curb weight: 3,232 pounds
- Fuel tank: 16.4 gallons
- Turning circle: 36.7 ft.
- 0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds
- EPA mileage 26mpg/city, 38mpg/highway
|Mazda6 Skyactiv Diesel To Compete In 2013 Grand-Am Series||
Mazda’s new Mazda6 sedan will begin hitting dealers in early 2013. While the styling update and new Skyactiv four-cylinder engine would be news enough, the Japanese automaker announced yesterday that it would be bringing the Skyactiv diesel variant of the car to these shores in the second half of 2013 as well. That makes Mazda the first Asian manufacturer to import a non-commercial, clean-diesel vehicle into the United States.
Mazda is still finalizing the Skyactiv-D engine with the EPA, so output figures aren’t yet available. In traditional Mazda form, however, the manufacturer will look to prove the car in competition, even before it’s available to consumers.The Mazda6 Skyactiv-D will make its racing debut in the Grand-Am GX class at January’s Rolex 24 endurance race in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mazda has worked with SpeedSource to develop the car, and the diesel engine has already met the team’s goals for performance (over 400 horsepower) and durability (over 50 hours), while using a surprising percentage of production Mazda components. Even the block of the 2.2-liter engine started life as a stock piece.
The Mazda6 diesel represents the first-ever diesel racer in the Grand-Am series (though they’ve been raced for years by Audi and Peugeot in the rival American Le Mans Series), and Mazda hopes the car will earn the company’s 24th class win at the Rolex 24 race.
|2014 Mazda6 Revealed at Moscow Motor Show||
It is not very often that cars are revealed for the first time at the Moscow Motor Show, but Mazda has chosen the venue to unveil their all-new 2014 Mazda6.
The new 2014 Mazda6 gets many of its design aspects from the well-perceived 2011 Takeri concept. As an expression of Mazda’s new Kodo (Soul of Motion) design element, the new Mazda6 blends nicely with other new Mazda models.
Mazda has even gone slightly up-scale with a new central rotary dial for controlling the new navigation system, which could be somewhat like BMW’s iDrive.
A choice of new Skyactive-G (gasoline) 4-cylinder engines, including the 148 horsepower 2.0-liter and 189 horsepower 2.5-liter unit will be available for the new Mazda6. A choice of a 6-speed Skyactive-Drive automatic transmission or 6-speed Skyactive-MT manual transmission will be available for the 2.0-liter engine. The bigger 2.5-liter will get the automatic box. A diesel option is expected but no word if the U.S. will get it.
To make things even more efficient in addition to the Skyactive technology, is i-stop regenerative braking combined with start/stop technology. EPA estimates have not been revealed yet.
Expect deliveries of the new 2014 Mazda6 to start late this year.
2014 Mazda6 Press Release
The All-New 2014 Mazda6 Sedan
New Flagship Brings An Added Dimension to the Celebration of Driving
Mazda will premiere the completely redesigned Mazda6 (Atenza) at 2012 Moscow Motor Show. Following on from the Mazda CX-5, the all-new Mazda6 is the second of a new generation of Mazda vehicles which adopt the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and the “KODO – Soul of Motion” design language. Mazda has consistently strived to provide stylish, insightful and spirited cars and the new generation vehicles also offer outstanding environmental performance.
Mazda’s environmental technology development is directed by its Building Block Strategy which first calls for thorough improvements in the base automotive technologies. The next step builds on these improvements with the sequential introduction of electric devices designed to improve fuel economy. The first such device was the i-stop idling stop system introduced in 2009 with the Mazda3 (Axela). The second device, which makes its debut with the new Mazda6 is i-ELOOP, Mazda’s unique brake energy regeneration system which begins charging a capacitor the moment you take your foot off the accelerator. Electricity stored in the capacitor can then be used to power electric components throughout the car. In freeing the engine from much of the duty of providing electricity to these components, more fuel energy goes directly to powering the car resulting in further improvements in fuel economy. In addition, a variety of advanced active safety technologies have been adopted. The new Mazda6 delivers not only precise response and a high-quality, exhilarating driving experience but also outstanding environmental and safety performance.
Drawing on the full potential of both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO design, the Mazda6 aims to take the “joy of driving” to a new level. As the flagship model of a new generation of vehicles, it will build on the momentum created by the success of the CX-5, and heralds a new era for Mazda. It will be introduced to global markets starting late 2012.
“Driving pleasure” begins before you even turn the key
Creation of a flagship model that takes driving pleasure to another level.
“In developing the 3rd generation Mazda6, we pursued Mazda’s intrinsic value, ‘driving pleasure’. We wanted to create a car that reacts and behaves exactly as you expect it to. Part of this involved carefully crafting those parts of the car which you often touch to feel as though they are an extension of your own body,” says Hiroshi Kajiyama, the new Mazda6 program manager. “The distinctive design hints at the power and agility with which the car moves. A variety of original innovations support a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. Mazda’s superb engineering and craftsmanship have realized a car that handles so well it seems to respond directly to the driver’s intentions rather than the physical manipulations of steering, braking and accelerating. In short, the new Mazda6 offers the “joy of driving” that people have come to expect from Mazda, but the experience starts even before you get behind the wheel and lingers long after the drive is over. I can’t wait to see the look on the faces of people getting out of the car after their first time behind the wheel of the new Mazda6.”
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Key characteristics of the all-new Mazda6 sedan (Russian specification)
An Exceptional presence creates an expectation of outstanding driving
performance every time you glance at the car
The new Mazda6 is the mass production model born of the Mazda TAKERI concept car showcased at Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. “The new Mazda6 has a robust framework and a low, wide stance that expresses strength and stability, creating the impression of amazing vitality without detracting from the universal aesthetic appeal and beautiful form it displays as a CD car,” says the chief designer Akira Tamatani. “We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realize a powerful presence. Simply looking at the car heightens one’s expectations about the driving experience even before actually riding in it.”
At a single glance, the exterior design conveys animalistic tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare through its smooth and powerful physique. The coordinated interior, in keynote black, is both chic and contemporary without compromising on a timeless feeling of luxury and quality.
In the front view, we incorporated the ‘signature wing,’ a unifying element of the new Mazda family face design, into the deeply sculpted face. The hood creases extend from the tips of the signature wing and flow into the body character lines. Together, with the solid design of the nose, they complement the overall dynamic form of the body that expresses a strong desire for motion.
Three character lines dominate the side view – an elegant line that extends forward from the rear tire, a rear fender line suggesting driving force from the vehicle’s hind quarter, and a front fender line denoting strong shoulders supporting nimble forefeet. The combination of these lines capture the form of a predator crouched and poised ready to leap forward in an explosion of movement.
The rear view displays stability through the well balanced proportions of the wedged body, prominent rear fender and compact cabin.
For the head lights, signature LED luminescence and halo ring light guides are adopted for the first time in a Mazda mass production vehicle.
The first use of “Soul Red”, a new color born of a unique technological process developed by Mazda, that balances depth and shading which accentuate the car’s dynamic form, and vividness which expresses sportiness.
The driver-oriented cockpit offers generous space. Three meters laid out symmetrically in the meter hood heighten the expectation for exciting driving.
Passenger side space provides a sense of both openness and safety with the decorative horizontal line extending through the center panel to the air-conditioning louvers as well as the encircling form of the dash.
Soft materials are used for areas frequently touched such as the door trim and the upper part of the instrument panel.
The solid, decorative instrument panel features 2 colors, ‘Bordeaux metal’ and ‘Dark metal’.
White scale markings appear to stand out from the meter face which feature a combination of spindle groove and honeycomb patterning to achieve a feeling of depth and quality craftsmanship. An encircling metal ring completes a tasteful design, conveying a zeal for
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Quality that raises the anticipation of “driving pleasure”
New generation Mazda products are developed under the design craftsmanship concept which incorporates the designer’s aesthetic sense into a base of detailed and precise engineering. Full-scale implementation of this concept with the new Mazda6 enabled a high-quality, premium finish with a harmony of form and quality while not compromising on functionality. Attention was paid not only to areas passengers see and touch but also to the feel and sound of operating the vehicle in order to create a sense of unity throughout the car. An overall feeling of quality appeals to all the senses and creates an expectation that the new Mazda6 will offer heightened levels of driving pleasure no matter where you take it.
Details of all parts, including design motif, molding, and surface grain and gloss treatments are carefully executed according to a consistent philosophy.
In the cabin, the instrument panel is laid out horizontally, and a smooth continuity between the upper area of the instrument panel and the door trim creates an impression of simplicity and neatness.
Care has been taken to ensure metal-like decorations, such as satin chrome plating.
Parts which the driver often handles, such as the steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake
lever are carefully crafted to achieve a smooth and consistent feel.
The layout of the instrument display and operating devices surrounding the driver’s seat has
been optimized in consideration of both the characteristics of human vision and arm and hand movements.
Packaging that fills everyday with joy and pleasure
A spacious and comfortable environment is provided within the dynamic and elegant body form realized by KODO design. It offers an environment where the driver can relax and concentrate on the pleasure of driving. A feeling of anticipation is stirred every time you look at the car, run your hand over the fender, grasp the wheel or adjust the mirror.
Two fundamental aims directed the development of the packaging. The first was to realize spacious, comfortable cabin that perfectly matches KODO design. The second was to refine the Human Machine Interface (HMI) to create a cockpit environment where the driver can feel completely at ease to enjoy the drive. The new Mazda6 packaging achieves all three aims and provides driver and passengers with a great environment in which to savor the “joy of driving.”
Spacious, comfortable cabin that perfectly matches KODO design
The 2,830mm long wheel base allows a spacious backseat area, ample interior space and a broad canvas for the unrestrained expression of KODO.
Large 19 inch diameter wheels create a feeling of unshakable stability.
Compared to the previous model, the front wheel has been moved forward by 100mm in relation to the A-pillar resulting in reduced overhang. The rear deck is also shorter than the previous model. The car’s stance, with the bulk of the mass toward the rear, gives a sense of
explosive power ready to be unleashed at any moment.
Shoulder room of 1,450mm in the front seat (20mm wider than the previous model) and a large
radius corner on the center console ensure comfortable seating.
The rear seats feature ample legroom with knee clearance 43 mm greater than the previous
model and amongst the best in the segment. Leg space is 984 mm, which is 37 mm improved 4
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on the previous model. The length of the rear seat cushion is increased 20 mm and the seat
back length increased 33 mm. The rear center arm rest has been enlarged by 60 mm.
The trunk was designed from an ergonomic perspective. Upper opening width is 32mm wider than the previous model, for easy loading. A swan hinge enables easy and smooth opening and
closing of the trunk. Cockpit environment
An adjustable front seat combined with adjustable tilt and telescopic steering wheel enable precise adjustment of the driving position.
A multi commander allows intuitive control of an array of functions such as audio, the navigation system and the sensitivity of the automatic windshield wipers via the center display.
Trip management information is displayed on a 3.5-inch multi-information display in the meter cluster. Navigation information is shown on a 5-inch display located in the center panel. By separating information into categories and showing them on two different displays, readability and operability were further enhanced.
Impressive dynamic performance to achieve precise handling
In driving dynamics, the aim was to provide an exhilarating driving experience that can only be felt when the driver and car become one. Mazda’s fundamental belief is that a smooth linear response to driver input is the basis of driving pleasure, and full enjoyment cannot be attained through speed and power alone. This was the motivation for the introduction of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY throughout the car including the engine, transmission, body and chassis.
Aiming to realize both agility and linearity by uniting the driver and car, Mazda concentrated on providing outstanding levels of high performance via a control system that responds to the driver’s intentions. In terms of acceleration characteristics, this means natural, linear acceleration in response to pedal operation without a hint of jerkiness or delay. For cornering characteristics, this means faithfully responding to steering input, providing immediate feedback from the road and mildly increasing roll so that no steering adjustment is required to maintain the desired cornering line. Finally, for braking characteristics, this means braking performance that gives the driver the feeling of being in complete control, including when releasing the brakes. Closely concentrating on human sensitivity in this way, Mazda strove to balance fundamentally contradictory characteristics of motion: refined, supple motion and light, agile motion. Appropriate for the Mazda flagship model, extremely impressive driving performance including superior high-speed straight-line stability that gives the feeling of complete control has been realized, thus providing an enjoyable, comfortable drive regardless of distance.
(All specifications for the Russian market)
Chassis & Body
The all-new Mazda6 sedan has a finely tuned SKYACTIV-Chassis front strut and rear multi-link suspension systems, which deliver agile driving performance in the low- to mid-speed ranges and stability in high speed driving.
SKYACTIV-Chassis column-type electric power assist steering system offers precise control by responding to small steering inputs as needed without forcing changes in the positions of the hands holding the wheel and contributing to a linear steering feel. The new control assist enhances straight-ahead stability and prevents steering pull on rough road surfaces.
The optimized brake booster curves deliver effective, precise and assured braking performance 5
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all the way up to high G areas attributable to easily-controllable initial pedaling and enhanced
stability enabled by higher brake cooling efficiency.
Robust SKYACTIV-Body structure makes wider use of ultra-high tensile steel and results in a
weight reduction while at the same time improving torsional rigidity by about 30%
Engineering efforts in NVH performance focused on achieving class-leading quietness in the cabin and creating a pleasant yet exhilarating engine sound under acceleration. The improved NVH performance mainly comes from effectively blocking noise paths from the engine and the
road to the cabin and designing parts to effectively absorb sound energy.
The optimized under-floor design improves aerodynamic performance by rectifying airflow under the vehicle and minimizing the trailing vortex by directing the airflow upwards via the tail up design of the main silencer. CD target is class-leading 0.26 (depending on grade). This
contributes to high-speed stability as well as an improvement in fuel efficiency.
SKYACTIV-G (gasoline engine) equipped models offer abundant torque characteristics at low engine speeds enabling acceleration that precisely matches the driver’s intentions in various driving situations, contributing to a precise and linear response; high-quality ride and superb fuel economy performance.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine offers maximum torque of 210 Nm / 4,000 rpm and maximum output of 110 kW / 6,000 rpm. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine, deployed for the first time in the new Mazda6, offers a maximum torque of 256 Nm / 3,250 rpm and maximum output of 141 kW / 5,700 rpm. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 also features a balance shaft that contributes to the mitigation of engine vibration and low noise output.
SKYACTIV-G 2.0 comes with 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission or 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gear box. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 is combined with the SKYACTIV-Drive transmission. Precise and nimble driving performance is supported by both SKYACTIV-Drive, designed to control driving force and gear speed linearly in response to acceleration pedal input, and SKYACTIV-MT, which offers a light and crisp shift feel.
Environmental and Safety Performance
Environmental and safety performance for driving pleasure and peace of mind
Environmental and safety performance was further enhanced in the all-new Mazda6 so customers can enjoy driving with peace of mind. In terms of environmental performance, the addition of i-stop and i-ELOOP improves the already outstanding fuel economy achieved with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. The foundation of the new Mazda6′s safety performance lies in its outstanding handling that responds immediately to the driver’s input, excellent visibility and the crash-worthiness of the highly rigid SKYACTIV-Body. On top of this, an array of advanced safety technologies has been employed to support the driver in the safe operation of the vehicle. For example, Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) drive awareness and improve field of vision at night. Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) will take steps to avoid or reduce the severity of an accident even if the driver takes no action. Finally, superior passive safety minimizes damage when collisions do occur.
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The new Mazda6 is the first model to adopt the “i-ELOOP” brake energy regeneration system, which contributes to an improvement in fuel efficiency in real world driving situations. This is the first passenger car brake energy regeneration system in the world to utilize a capacitor. SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine models are available with i-ELOOP and i-stop.
The “i-stop,” Mazda’s original idling stop system is introduced on the new Mazda6. This system boasts a class-leading engine re-start time of 0.35 seconds.
Award-winning single-nanotechnology in the catalyst improves the exhaust gas after-treatment process and reduces the amount of precious metal required.
■ Active Safety Technologies:
[Maximize the range of conditions in which the driver can drive safely and comfortably]
Moving the bottom of the A-pillar rearwards by 100mm, compared with the outgoing model, and mounting the rear view mirror on the door rather than the base of the A-pillar helps enhance the forward and peripheral visibility.
High-Beam Control system (HBC) uses a sensor to detect oncoming vehicles and automatically changes between high and low beam to help avoid blinding other drivers during night driving.
Adaptive Front-lighting system (AFS) predicts curvature based on the degree of steering input and vehicle speed and turns the headlights in the direction that the vehicle is actually heading. This improves visibility when driving at night.
Hill Launch Assist (HLA) helps prevent the Mazda6 from rolling backwards while the driver’s foot moves from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal when taking off on a hill.
[Provide hazard alerts to help the driver avoid dangers and recover the safe operation of the vehicle]
Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) cause the hazard lights to rapidly flicker on and off in the event of panic braking at 50 km/h or faster in order to warn vehicles behind.
Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) comes into effect at 30 km/h or faster and detects cars approaching from behind or driving in the blind spot area on either side and warns the driver when he or she turns on the indicator to change lanes.
The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) uses a camera to judge the position of lines on the road and warns the driver of unintentional lane departures, thus minimizing the risk of collision due to driver inattention or fatigue.
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[Help avoid or reduce the severity of a collision when the driver alone cannot safely operate the vehicle]
Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) uses a near-infrared beam sensor to help prevent collisions and, in cases where prevention is not possible, reduce the impact of frontal collisions at low speed (up to 30 km/h) by automatically applying the vehicle’s brakes.
■ Passive Safety Technologies:
[Help protect passengers and pedestrians in the event of a collision]
The lightweight yet highly-rigid SKYACTIV-Body provides excellent crashworthiness and is designed to attain top safety ratings in tests around the world.
A multi-load path structure and a front end with an X-shaped cross-section increases impact energy absorption, further improving safety performance in frontal, side and rear-end collisions.
The anti-whiplash design of the front seats helps to reduce neck injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
There are two impact beams in the front doors. The upper beam has a round cross-section, and the lower beam has a double-ridged cross-section. The lower rear beam also has a double-ridged cross-section, helping to improve strength.
|Perpetual Tease: Mazda Continues to Sneak 2014 Mazda6 Onto Web||
Mazda’s Mazda6 was once a sleeper in the aspect of being a volume seller that not many people really talked about. With such emphases put on midsized sedans being the cash cows that they are for automakers, the Mazda6 could help make or break Mazda’s future.
Let’s face it; a lot is riding on the Mazda6 and by the looks of a perpetual influx of Mazda6 ‘sneak-peak’ images, that can be taken literally.
Mazda, over the course of a week, has released few details of the Mazda6 with new teaser images slightly revealing what the upcoming work-horse of Mazda will look like. So far, the new Mazda6 looks to resemble styling of the well-perceived CX-5 crossover, which is a good thing if you ask me. The new styling language, dubbed Koda, will filter down from the CX-5 finding its way on the new 2014 Mazda6 and eventually reaching other models as their generation run ends.
The new 2014 Mazda6 is said to replace its current V6 engine for a four-cylinder featuring SkyActive technology, a new 6-speed automatic transmission and regenerative braking called i-ELOOP (Intelligent Energy Loop) to improve fuel economy by up to 10%.
The Mazda Takeri concept, which debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, is the basis of the2014 Mazda6’s design. Mazda will have its work cut out to compete with the likings of the new Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry and even the upcoming Honda Accord redesign.
The new 2014 Mazda6 will make its official debut at the 2012 Moscow Auto Show next month.
2011 Mazda Takeri Concept