Lilac Silver Metallic and 18"
18 September 2007.
Five years after the launch of its
first generation in summer 2002, Mazda celebrated the
world premiere of the second generation midsize Mazda6
at the 62nd Frankfurt motor show (13-23 September).
That's also just a few months after showing its other
new generation model, the Mazda2
subcompact / supermini, shown last spring at the
Geneva motor show.
For Europe, the new Mazda6
will be launched this November. A dedicated new
Mazda6 designed and engineered specifically for North
America should be launched there in summer
Pearl White Mica with 18" Alloy
Mazda6 has been one of Mazda Motor
Europe’s best-selling cars with a total of over
440,000 units registered (through May 2007), with more
than a quarter in Germany, at just under 120,000
units, followed by the UK (72,700 units), Russia
(31,200) and Italy (27,700).
With approximately 38 percent share
each, the hatchback and estate are Europe’s most
popular Mazda6 body styles with approximately 38
percent of all Europeans preferring the 2.0-litre
diesel engine as their Mazda6 choice.
The 1st generation Mazda6 played a
significant role within the Ford Motor Co. products
(Ford owns 33.4 percent of Mazda Motor Co.), as many
elements of its technical platform have been developed
and adapted for other Ford models in North America.
The new Mazda6 shares technical elements with the
all-new Ford Mondeo and S-Max, but with very different
size and orientation packages.
in 4-door body version
The new generation Mazda6 comes
also in three body types, sedan (salon), hatchback and
estate (wagon), but bigger in size: 65 mm longer, 15
mm wider, 5 mm taller, with a 50 mm longer wheelbase
(sedan and hatchback). The exterior character is
expressed by the interplay of flowing curves and
prominent edges from the front end through the
fenders, and through the taut curves that lend
strength to the rear view. Body gaps are reduced in
the new Mazda6 for a look of solid quality.
Engines - A new 2.5-litre
petrol engine has been developed from the previous
2.3-litre unit. The new MZR 2.5 has a bigger
bore and a longer stroke, plus freer-flowing intake
and exhaust ports which together improve low and
mid-range torque by 10 percent. This assures a more
linear acceleration feel. Power is 170 PS. Mazda also
enhanced the 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engines and the
MZR-CD 2.0 turbo diesel, carried over from the
Estate (wagon), the third body option.
With the overall vehicle weight
reduction and fine-tuning the engine control aspects,
the 1.8-litre petrol engine’s fuel efficiency and CO
2 level have been improved by over 11 percent,
while the new MZR 2.5-litre petrol engine achieves
over six percent better fuel economy and CO 2
emissions than the current 2.3-litre version it
replaces. The new Mazda6 engine has the catalytic
converter located immediately downstream of the
exhaust manifold for a sportier performance feel while
improving exhaust gas emission levels.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine has
also been improved. With its common-rail fuel
injection system, optimisation of EGR volume,
pre-mixed pilot combustion and other refinements, the
engine achieves a cleaner exhaust with lower
particulate emissions and minimal NOx.
clarity and simplicity.
Interior - The interior
suggests a relaxed driving position. Higher quality
materials are introduced, with simple driver
interfaces and storage facilities including an
evolution of Mazda’s Karakuri rear seat system for
the hatchback and estate.
The rear seatbacks fold forward
with a simple, single movement (Mazda’s Karakuri
rear seat fold system) opening up a flat luggage
floor. The system now includes an all-new boot tonneau
cover for the estate that automatically moves up when
the rear liftgate is opened, eliminating the need to
handle the cover every time cargo is loaded or
Mazda says that it designers aimed
to achieve a cabin with sporty proportions, while
making the interior roomier than in the previous
model. The line from front windscreen to roof remains
smooth but the header section is shifted rearward to
eradicate any feeling of oppressiveness that
front-seat occupants might feel.
interior, Moist Black, 6MT,
with navigation system.
The body is slightly wider so
keeping the same spacing between the driver and
passenger seats as before, creates more shoulder room.
Knee room for the rear passengers is increased by 13
The driving position is optimised
by setting the steering wheel angle at 21 degrees, a
more upright position than on the previous model, to
give the driver greater comfort. The gear lever is
moved slightly towards the driver compared with the
previous model. The driver’s seat armrest has an
adjustable front-back slider mechanism, which allows
drivers to rest their elbow comfortably while changing
Function Audio System in centre
An advanced welcome mode turns on
the panel lights in order of precedence, from lower to
upper, as if the car is waking up and getting ready to
go. A heartbeat effect around the centre display is an
example of the interface between the car and the
driver, along with Action Illumination in which the
selected switch lights up when activated and then
Mazda’s new CF-Net (cross
functional network) features a combination of switches
on the steering wheel, which provide integrated
control of navigation, audio, air conditioning,
driving information and other systems through simple
operation and a centralised display at the top of the
/ Wagon in Stormy Blue Mica, with
18" Alloy Wheels.
The driver and front passenger get
independent air temperature controls, and the optional
(standard depending on grade) advanced keyless entry
system includes an engine start-stop button on top of
the instrument panel. An eight-speaker BOSE® premium
sound system, and a Bluetooth® hands-free
mobile-phone interface are optional or standard
depending on grade.
Transmissions - The
six-speed manual transmission offers a precise shift
operation with built-in positive stops for the
extremes of the gear lever‘s movements. The
synchronisers between 5th and 6th gears are enlarged
to lower the shift force required during high-speed
driving by 15 percent compared to the previous
/ Wagon boot with Retractable Tonneau
A five-speed automatic transmission
is available with the 2.0-litre petrol engine.
Suspension - The
high-mounted double-wishbone front suspension is
mounted on a subframe now attached to the body at six
points instead of four, for a further refined steering
stability. This reduces road noise and improves ride
comfort because it allows the use of more compliant
In the multi-link rear suspension,
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 and thus their responsiveness.
These modifications enhance both handling stability
and ride comfort.
Body - Mazda engineers
worked on reducing weight to further improve
performance and fuel economy. Reinforcement at key
points and the widespread use of high-tensile and
ultra- high-tensile steel brought significant increase
in torsional stiffness, up by 30 percent for the
hatchback, 25 percent for the estate and 14 percent
for the sedan. Despite this, the body shell’s weight
is reduced due to the increased percentage by weight
of high-tensile and ultra-high-tensile steel sheet and
an optimal layout created by using CAE (computer-Aided
Front Lighting System (AFS) and
18" Alloy Wheels.
From the early stages of
development, Mazda engineers utilized simulation
testing to improve initial designs and fine tune them
with prototypes and the wind tunnel. In the end, they
achieved a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.27 for the
hatchback and sedan versions and 0.28 for the estate.
New horseshoe-shaped air deflectors ahead of the front
wheels enhance brake cooling despite the low Cd.
Fore-and-aft lift balance is also optimised to keep
the car stable and firmly grounded at high speed.
In addition to the aerodynamics
enhancement and reduction of rolling resistance, other
features such as the electric power steering and LED
stop lamp contribute to the fuel efficiency. Also,
though slightly larger than its predecessor, weight
reduction measures allowed reduction of up to 35
kilograms, depending on specification and model.
view of dials illumination.
NVH - Another development
target was improved quietness. While reducing the
overall noise of the engine, the engineers also
emphasised certain frequencies to overlay a sporty
engine note. The new 2.5-litre engine uses a dual-mass
damper and a flexible flywheel while focusing also on
weight reduction of pistons and connecting rods. This
reduced combustion noise as well.
Engineers reinforced body
structures to suppress vibration transmitted from the
road to the car body as well as noise radiated from
panels. The diesel models destined for Europe have
also undergone specific work on NVH (noise, vibration
and harshness), resulting in reduced knock and other
start / stop button.
Safety - The new Mazda6 is
fitted with larger front brake discs and a
larger-diameter master cylinder to enhance the
performance level, and brake feel is optimised by
various brake tuning measures. The stopping distance
from 100 km/h is 39 m on dry ground (Mazda
Mazda’s active safety systems
include large disc brakes, ABS, dynamic stability
control (DSC), electronic traction control (TCS) and
brake assist (standard in Europe). The passive safety
package includes six airbags (standard in Europe).
Further features to help avoid an
accident or protect occupants if an accident is
Adaptive Front Lighting System
(AFS) with auxiliary headlamps covering additional
parts of the road as the car is steered, thus
illuminating the actual path of travel;
Parking sensor, with eight
ultrasonic sensors in total, four in the front and
four in the rear bumpers, sense the distance to
obstacles from the corners of the car and deliver
a series of audible beeps to help the driver;
Extensive field of vision: the
expansive windscreen gives the driver an
unobstructed view of high traffic signals, while
optimising the shape of the rear pillars and the
use of flatter rear headrests gives a clearer rear
view to ease parking manoeuvres
High-rigidity Mazda Advanced
Impact energy Distribution and Absorption System
body: exceptional crash-safety performance by
joining front members to the perimeter frame for
improved crash energy absorption efficiency, by
greatly reinforcing the cabin, and through the use
of larger cross-section and straighter rear side
members in high-tensile steel;
Mazda’s first active
headrest: in a rear-end collision, the front seat
headrest is instantaneously pushed forward,
immediately supporting the head of the occupant
while reducing the load of the impact;
Crushable brake and clutch
pedals: the pedals are prevented from moving
rearward into the cabin in a frontal collision,
reducing injury to the driver’s legs.
Electric Power Steering - To
achieve optimal steering assist at various speeds,
such as comfortable handling at low speed and stable
and rigid handling at high speed, the former hydraulic
power steering is replaced with an electric system.
Similar to the Mazda RX-8, the motor is mounted on the
steering rack and has further evolved with a brushless
motor. Also, the fuel economy is improved by
approximately two percent compared to the former
hydraulic power steering.
To the new
Mazda6 preliminary specifications (Europe).