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The all-new Mazda6. Photo supplied

The all-new Mazda6. Photo supplied

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Mazda’s new-generation flagship Mazda6 is to go on sale in the UK in Saloon and Tourer versions in January following its unveiling at the Paris Motor Show last week.

Built to feel like an extension of its driver, the all-new Mazda6 brings together the most advanced iteration yet of Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom driving and electrifying ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ styling. The combination of highly efficient SKYACTIV technology and the striking KODO design will ensure the Mazda6 is perfectly equipped to tackle the competitive CD-segment.

The all-new Mazda6 – now in its third generation – is the first mass-production Mazda model to be equipped with i-ELOOP, the Japanese company’s unique brake energy regeneration system. It’s the most recent ingredient to Mazda’s building block strategy for uncompromisingly efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles.

i-ELOOP joins the innovative ‘i-stop’ idle-stop system and SKYACTIV powertrains, chassis and body - first introduced on the Mazda CX-5 – and positions the new Mazda6 as the benchmark for fuel economy and CO2.

With fuel economy as high as 68.9mpg* and emissions as low as 108g/km* – without any sacrifice in performance – the Mazda6 is the new class leader.

Mazda’s range of high-efficiency SKYACTIV powertrains includes two petrol engines and two diesels paired to six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. SKYACTIV-G petrol engines include the 2.0-litre 145ps and the 2.0-litre 165ps both producing 210Nm at 4,000rpm. SKYACTIV-D diesel engines include the 2.2-litre 150ps producing 380Nm at 2,000rpm and the 2.2-litre 175ps producing 420Nm at 2,000rpm.

Together with SKYACTIV powertrains, the SKYACTIV-Chassis and SKYACTIV-Body make the new Mazda6 an engaging and rewarding drive, delivering refined, linear handling, segment-leading safety and a uniquely efficient and lightweight design.

In the interior, form meets function in a highly ergonomic cockpit design designed to make driving as enjoyably and engaging as possible.

Everything is exactly where it should be: even the repositioned A-pillars, moved rearwards relative to the current model, contribute to a stress-free experience by widening the driver’s field of view. Passengers will appreciate the relaxing atmosphere in the cabin, which features segment-leading space, accompanied by the latest infotainment technology, including an 11-speaker BOSE® surround sound audio system (available on Sport models only).

Specially developed to highlight the features of the Mazda6’s KODO design, Soul Red Metallic is an all-new body colour, which uses a unique process to deliver unprecedented levels of depth, shading and vividness that accentuate new Mazda6’s stunning form and character lines.

Blue Reflex Mica, Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica also debut on the all-new Mazda6.

Prices: will start at £19,595 OTR for the 2.0-litre 145ps Saloon SE, rising to £24,865 for the 2.0-litre 165ps Tourer Sport Nav. Diesel variants start at £21,795 for the 2.2-litre 150ps Saloon SE through to £28,045 for the 2.2-litre 175ps Tourer Sport Auto Nav.


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