After being teased for quite some time now, the new generation Mazda 6 has finally made its first appearance today before its official debut at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show (August 29 through September 9, 2012). The new model is set to go on sale by the end of the year, with prices to be announced at a later date.
The new Mazda 6 is the second Mazda model - after the new CX-5 - to adopt the company’s full range of Skyactiv technology and the "KODO – Soul of Motion" design language. The sedan is the mass production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept unveiled back in 2011. On the exterior the new Mazda 6 combines the animalistic tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare, while the interior has received better quality materials and a nicer design.
As for the engine line-up, Mazda announced details just for two gasoline versions, but for sure more engines will be used. The first is a Skyactiv-G 2.0 delivering 148 HP, while the second one is a Skyactiv-G 2.5 with 189 HP. Both engines are combined with start/stop technology, while the most powerful version will also get the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.
Updated 01/03/2013: Mazda announced U.S. prices for the new-generation Mazda 6 which is now on sale. Prices will range from $20,880 for the entry i Sport version and up to $29,495 for the i Grand Touring version. The mid-level version, i Touring trim, is priced at $24,495. Mazda is offering an optional Touring Technology Package priced at $2,000 and a MRCC/FOW Package priced at $900.
Mazda’s lineup at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon features a number of Atenza models that we likely won’t ever get to see hit these shores. We’ll get the car as the Mazda 6, but the Atenza name won’t come with it. Yet even if that appears to be the case, it doesn’t mean that we’ll shine less love on these vehicles, including one that really caught our attention: the Atenza GT Sound Special.
Created to become an audiophile’s dream machine, the Atenza GT Sound Special, which is based on the XD L trim of the luxury sedan, will feature a bevy of new audio components, including a DIATONE audio system with special audio and navigation. This system is likewise based on Mazda’s 6EC-AT Grade "XD L package sedan,” giving you a comprehensive audio experience you just wouldn’t get in any other version of the car.
In addition to the sound spectacle, the Atenza GT Sound Special will also carry fully decked interior that underlies the luxurious exclusivity of the vehicle. Find out more about the Mazda Atenza GT Sound Special at the Tokyo Auto Salon this January!
While most of our attention is focused on the upcoming 2013 Detroit Auto Show, people in Japan are preparing themselves for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon — not as popular as Detroit, but still a pretty good chance to see some cool upgrade packages offered for current models.
Mazda, for example, announced an impressive lineup as six vehicles to be displayed in Tokyo, one of the most impressive one being the Atenza Racer (known as the Mazda6 in the U.S. market). According to the first details we have on this cool model, the new Atenza Racer has been designed as a "response to a request of the user who is running the circuit, and comfort."
The model features M’z CUSTOM (M’s custom) aero parts, Brembo brake calipers and engine upgrades. On the inside, Mazda installed sporty leather seats and a set of alloy pedals. No details on the final specifications have been provided just yet, but we expect to learn them pretty soon.
Mazda provided the first glimpse of the next generation Mazda6 with the Shinari Concept unveiled back in 2010. They then followed it up with the Takeri Conceptwas created to showcase Mazda’s new design language. These two concepts together provide a general idea as to what we can expect when the third generation Mazda6 goes on sale in the spring of 2013.
An interesting fact about the upcoming Mazda6 is that the company will not only be offering it in the usual hatchback and sedan versions, but in a four-seat coupe variant as well. This was done in order to follow in BMW’s steps with the 3-Series sedan, station wagon, coupe, and convertible models.
The new Mazda 6 will be built using the company’s new SkyActiv technologies and will be powered by a frugal 2.0-liter petrol engine and 2.2-liter diesel engines. The company’s new regenerative braking system will also be offered.
The coupe version will be revealed about a year after the sedan version, so expect to see it sometime in 2014.
When launched in 2001, Mazda put lots of hopes in the Mazda6 sedan. But things weren’t quite as they have expected: during its life time there were only around 80,000 units sold, while its competitors went easily over 100.000 units. So Mazda had to do something about that. And in 2009 they have revealed a new Mazda6. It came with a new design, new engines with improved fuel economy and better performance. In just a few words it offers all the standards in its class.
The 2010 Mazda6 is offered in two different versions: i and s, with prices ranging from $18,450 to $28,390.
Under the hood Mazda placed a range of two engines: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 170 hp at 6,000 rpm and 167 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm, and a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 272 hp at 6,250 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. The engines are mated to either a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission or an electronically-controlled five-speed automatic with overdrive ratios for the top two gears.
Mazda launched today the all-new Atenza (Mazda6) in Japan. It will come in three body styles - Sedan, Sport (5-door hatchback), and Sport Wagon. Developed in line with Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom evolution concept, the all-new Mazda Atenza’s design theme is "Bold & Exquisite."
The new Atenza is powered by a newly developed MZR 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine, mated to five-speed and six-speed automatic transmissions which are newly combined with Active Adaptive Shift (AAS) control.
One of the safety features found in the new Atenza is Japan’s first rear vehicle monitoring system. When driving at speeds over 60 kilometers per hour, this system uses radar to detect vehicles approaching from behind and alerts the driver.
The new Mazda Atenza price starts at 2,070,000 yen for the entry level Mazda Atenza Sedan and goes up to 2,670,000 yen for the Mazda Atenza Sport Wagon.
All-new Mazda Atenza, scheduled for imminent market introduction, embodies Mazda’s latest car-making philosophy: Zoom-Zoom Evolution. Along with enhanced environmental and safety performance, the new model has a more emphatic Mazda character in its design, dynamic performance, packaging and craftsmanship. It delivers the best high-speed long-distance touring experience, thanks to dynamic high-speed performance with class-leading aerodynamics, supported by leading-edge safety features and excellent driving characteristics.
Mazda Motor Corporation today announced the launch of special edition model of the Mazda Atenza for the Japanese domestic market. All models come with an exclusive body color and interior design and go on sale nationwide at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers from today. The Mazda Atenza includes a choice of three body types: Sedan, Sport and Sport Wagon.