The Mazda6 has dominated its segment in New Zealand and this is set to continue with the 2018 model a significant step forward in terms of design, drive-ability and refinement.
Using the KODO – Soul of Motion Design language, the Mazda designers have given the 2018 Mazda6 a premium, elegant look by developing a pure expression of movement and removing any non-essential design elements.
David Hodge, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand, believes the 2018 Mazda6 will continue to set the benchmark for vehicles in the mid-size segment in New Zealand.
“While we have seen a growth in SUV vehicles, the new Mazda6 Sedan and Wagon will appeal to customers who have different requirements or simply enjoy the thrill of getting behind the wheel of such a classy, elegant looking vehicle with outstanding driving dynamics.”
“The introduction of the new grade, Mazda6 TAKAMI Sedan, is an exciting and luxurious addition to the Mazda6 line-up. We chose the Japanese name TAKAMI for our flagship Sedan as TAKAMI means higher than the rest. It is the first vehicle outside the Mazda CX-9 to get the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbo petrol engine. Positioned above the 2.5L Petrol Limited Sedan it has the highest quality interior package using Mazda’s finest materials and unique colour co-ordination. New Zealand motorists looking for the very best quality, combined with outstanding on-road performance, will be impressed by this vehicle.” says Hodge.
The Mazda6 has always been a head-turner and this will only increase with the new Mazda6. The vehicle’s more mature look is immediately evident when you see the front face of the Mazda6 for the first time. The deeply sculpted look and lower and wider mesh grille, made up of an intricate pattern of small blocks, gives the vehicle a lower center of gravity and a wider more imposing stance.
New LED headlamps with integrated fog lamp function are standard across all models, have been restyled to provide a sleek wide shape. The lower section of the bumper, which was previously black, is now body coloured to provide a more premium look.
External changes continue at the rear of the vehicle with a sleeker more refined look that includes the signature lighting positioned lower. Wider exhaust pipes are positioned closer to the outer edges of the vehicle and there are newly designed aluminum alloy wheels.
Opening the door of the new Mazda6 takes you into a world of style, elegance and comfort. Subtle changes, including aligning the height of the center and side ventilation louvres and extending the side louvres into the door trim, make the instrument panel look wider and creates a feeling of openness.
The Mazda design team has focused on creating an uncluttered look that has resulted in a sleeker air-conditioning unit design, and the refinement of the instrument panel and door trims. The popular windscreen-projected Active Driving Display is now standard across the range and the eight-inch center display screen makes its first appearance in the Mazda6.
Driving long distances or around town become even more comfortable thanks to the complete redesign of the front seats which are now deeper and more sculptured with thicker padding and wider seat cushions. Rear seat passengers haven’t been forgotten with the seats redesigned to improve hold and the use of high vibration-absorbing foam to enhance comfort.
The new TAKAMI grade Mazda6 has the finest materials and include Nappa leather seats, real Sen Wood Trim and suede trim finish.
Extra storage space is now available with a new compartment in the rear center armrest that also includes two USB ports.
Hodge says he continues to be amazed how subtle changes by the Mazda designers can make such a difference to the look and feel of the interior.
“The designers have taken the cues that made the interior of the CX-9 so outstanding and transferred those to the new Mazda6 along with other new innovations to deliver a truly outstanding environment for the driver and passengers to enjoy.”
The 2.5 turbo petrol engine achieves both outstanding low-to-mid-range torque and excellent real-world fuel economy and includes two new technologies. Firstly, Dynamic Pressure Turbo system featuring a 4-3-1 exhaust system that controls the exhaust pulse to deliver better boost performance. The second one is Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (ERG) that reintroduces some of the exhaust gas into the engines air intake as inert gas. This helps to prevent knocking and improves fuel economy. Maximum power is rated at 170kW and it has an eye-watering 420Nm of Torque.
There are two other upgraded engine options available; a 140kW with 252Nm SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol; and a 140kW with 450Nm SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine. The 2.5L petrol engine now includes a new cylinder deactivation system that further reduces fuel consumption when the car is driven at constant cruising speeds, by shutting down the outer two of the engine’s four cylinders.
The 2.2L diesel features a new combustion process called Rapid Multi-Stage Combustion, which has improved peak torque by +30Nm and peak power by +11kW with improved fuel consumption and emissions. The result is quieter and more economical performance in low-speed / low-load situations, while also delivering a linear engine sound that matches the degree of acceleration under powerful engine conditions
To ensure complete driver comfort and enjoyment once they get inside the vehicle and take to the open road, the new Mazda6 features a newly-designed suspension system that delivers a smoother, quality ride. Improvements to damping, and a re-direct of noise paths, has resulted in improved Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) performance and a quieter cabin.
Safety is always at the forefront of the Mazda designers and engineers and they have added three new and improved technologies to the already comprehensive i-ACTIVSENSE safety features available in the new Mazda6.
Debuting in the Mazda6 TAKAMI is the 360-degree View Monitor featuring four cameras which project the car’s periphery onto the center display. This can be controlled by the commander dial or touchscreen. Mazda Cruise Control (MRCC) now comes with Stop & Go that means the car can come to a complete stop.
Driving on New Zealand’s country roads at night just got easier with the Mazda6 Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH) now featuring a 20-split LED array with individual control of several LEDs providing precise adjustment of the lighting pattern. The ALH feature automatically controls your front head lamps in high beam and allows precise adjustment of the lighting pattern. The system automatically broadens visibility at low speeds, shapes the high beam to help avoid dazzling other drivers and raises beam height at highway speeds to extend vision area. (Standard on the Limited and TAKAMI models)
Other i-ACITIVSENSE safety features equipped to all models include Mazda’s proprietary Autonomous Emergency Braking-Advanced Smart City Brake Support-Forward ASCBS-F). Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RTCA), Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop and Go functionality.
The new Mazda6 comes in six models split evenly between the Sedan and Wagon body styles and is available in a choice of eight exterior colours, with Mazda’s signature Soul Red Crystal replacing Soul Red Metallic.
Pricing for the new Mazda6 ranges from $45,995* for the Sedan GSX model to $56,995 for the Sedan TAKAMI model, please visit mazda.co.nz for more information.
*including GST, plus on-road costs