Ahead of its much anticipated launch, Mazda has revealed grades and pricing for the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel.

Arriving to Australian dealerships in July, Mazda’s diesel-only seven-seat SUV combines versatility, style, comfort and safety, with excellent performance and efficiency.

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 is exclusively powered by Mazda’s advanced 140kW 2.2L SKYACTIV-D twin-turbo diesel engine, which also delivers a huge 450Nm of torque and outstanding fuel economy. 

Offered in two model grades, there are three variants of the Brand New Mazda CX-8 Diesel available, starting with Sport FWD, Sport AWD and the range topping Asaki AWD.

With a wide range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies offered as standard, paired with the inherent quality of a Mazda, the value-packed SUV starts from $42,490* for the entry level Sport FWD. The Sport AWD variant will retail from $46,490*, while the Asaki will start at $61,490*.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel is a compelling offering for customers looking to upsize into an SUV.

“Brand-New Mazda CX-8 shares the uncompromising quality, style, comfort and safety features that customers know and expect of a Mazda,” he said.

“This, paired with the efficiency and economy of the most advanced SKYACTIV diesel engine on offer, makes the Mazda CX-8 an enticing proposition for Australians needing an added level of versatility.”

The Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel will go on sale from July 2018. For more information or to find your closest dealer, visit www.mazda.com.au
*Manufacturer’s List Price.

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel Price list:

Grade MLP
Sport FWD $42,490
Sport AWD $46,490
Asaki AWD $61,490

Mazda has released its most refined Mazda6 yet, offering more power, better efficiency, enhanced comfort and safety, all delivered in a sophisticated package that evokes mature elegance.

Available in Australia from June, New Mazda6 has been thoroughly reengineered from the outside in. Showcasing an evolution in Mazda’s KODO design language, advanced engine and safety technologies, and superior craftsmanship, New Mazda6 raises the bar. 

On both sedan and wagon models, updates to the exterior achieve a more mature expression of elegance for New Mazda6, broadening the car’s stance and lowering its visual centre of gravity.

The centre of the grille’s bottom edge sits lower than before, with a new intricate mesh pattern replacing the chrome fins of the previous Mazda6. The new grille also sits deeper within the surround, giving the face a more sculpted look. The LED headlamps now integrate fog lamps to give the car a sharp, wide, lighting signature. 

At the rear, painted surfaces now extend further down the body, giving a taut and high-quality appearance. The sedan also sports a new design for the boot lid’s rear-facing section, while the exhaust pipes have been repositioned toward the outer edges of the bumper and their diameter has been increased, further emphasising width and a low centre of gravity. Newly designed 17 and 19-inch alloy wheels complement the upgraded appearance.

Inside, the considered and deliberate touch of craftsmanship elevates the cabin environment, realising a more high-quality look, feel and atmosphere.

On the top grade Atenza model, Mazda introduces a sumptuous new Walnut Brown nappa leather, paired with Sen wood accents and UltraSuede ® NU trim, appearing on the doors and dashboard.

Other interior changes include fully redesigned front seats that are wider and use high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam for a firm, supportive seating surface designed to maintain the spine’s natural S-shape. The rear seats have also been redesigned with high-density urethane foam for greater comfort.

In a first for the Mazda, the Atenza model gets front seat ventilation which draws warm, moist air away from the backs of the driver and front passenger to keep them cool. 

Under its stylish exterior, New Mazda6 adds power and torque across the powertrain line-up, and introduces the award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged petrol engine.

Offering 170kW of power and a huge 420Nm of torque, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T is renowned for its rapid power delivery and prodigious torque courtesy of its Dynamic Pressure Turbo, which pushes exhaust fumes through a narrow inlet to quickly spool-up the turbocharger from low engine speeds before opening a larger secondary passage.

The more advanced SKYACTIV-D 2.2 twin-turbo diesel engine is also available for New Mazda6, alongside the torquey SKYACTIV-G 2.5 petrol engine, which now features cylinder deactivation. Both engines have seen significant revision, with further SKYACTIV technologies applied to improve performance and real-word fuel efficiency.

Bolstering its safety credentials, New Mazda6 comes standard with a wider range of i-ACTIVESENSE safety technologies, including Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go (MRCC), to provide superior driver support and peace of mind in Mazda’s flagship passenger car.

The top-grade Atenza model adds Mazda’s new 360° View Monitor, offering extra visibility to help drivers avoid potentially dangerous situations, and a new seven-inch TFT LCD display screen in the centre of the instrument cluster to dynamically display information depending on the driver’s needs.

The SKYACTIV chassis and body have also been revised to deliver a smoother and more linear drive, at the same time reducing NVH levels to achieve a quiet cabin environment that enhances conversation clarity among occupants.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said New Mazda6 sets a new standard for the segment, taking a step up in class and refinement.

“Mazda6 has long been a firm favourite with discerning drivers and these latest upgrades take it above the mainstream sedan fray, changing the idea of what an affordable, value-packed midsize sedan or wagon can and should be,” he said.

Priced between $32,490 and $50,090*, there are 14 variants of New Mazda6 available, with a choice between two stylish body types: wagon and sedan, and four model grades: Sport, Touring, GT and Atenza. 

*Denotes Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP).

New Mazda6 Pricing

Grade Body Type Engine Old MLP New MLP
Sport SDN 2.5L Petrol  $  32,490 $32,490
WGN 2.5L Petrol  $  33,790 $33,790
Touring SDN 2.5L Petrol  $  37,290 $36,690
SDN 2.2L Diesel  $  40,140 $39,690
WGN 2.5L Petrol  $  38,590 $37,990
WGN 2.2L Diesel  $  41,440 $40,990
GT SDN 2.5L Turbo Petrol NA $43,990
SDN 2.2L Diesel  $  45,540 $45,090
WGN 2.5L Turbo Petrol NA $45,290
WGN 2.2L Diesel  $  46,840 $46,390
Atenza SDN 2.5L Turbo Petrol NA $47,690
SDN 2.2L Diesel  $  48,240 $48,790
WGN 2.5L Turbo Petrol NA $48,990
WGN 2.2L Diesel  $  49,540 $50,090

Advanced powertrain options for New Mazda6

New Mazda6 buyers will have three engines to choose from, starting with the torquey, fuel-efficient SKYACTIV-G 2.5 naturally-aspirated engine.

With 140kW of power and 252Nm of torque, this 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine adds a greater level of refinement and comes with a host of upgrades, including cylinder deactivation which reduces internal friction and improves operating efficiency across the rev range.     

Cylinder deactivation maximises fuel efficiency when the vehicle is operating at steady speeds, shutting-down the outside two cylinders. They come back on-line instantaneously when maximum performance is needed.

A centrifugal pendulum added to the six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission’s torque converter counterbalances engine vibrations when running on two cylinders. The result is an imperceptible switchover between two and four-cylinder modes but a noticeable efficiency benefit.

GT and Atenza models both feature Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged engine, a technological tour de force delivering 170kW of power at 5,000rpm and 420Nm of torque at just 2,000rpm, all on 91RON fuel rather than Premium petrol. 

By using a small inlet port to force air into the turbocharger, Mazda’s industry-first Dynamic Pressure Turbo delivers almost instantaneous boost. A secondary valve opens at higher engine speeds to increase airflow and maximise power.

A pulse-scavenging 4-3-1 manifold prevents exhaust back pressure and helps the engine breathe more freely.

Cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) lowers combustion temperatures and prevents engine ‘knock’, reducing the need to dump more fuel into the cylinders to cool the engine. 

Modern turbocharged engines are often mated to continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVT) and operate in a narrow efficiency band, sacrificing the oneness between driver and car – the highly-valued Jinba Ittai characteristic of all Mazda vehicles.

Mazda’s six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission, standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, keeps its torque converter locked through most of its operation, giving a more connected sense of controllability than many other automatic transmissions.

Finally, the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine, which has been given a power and torque boost, continues as an option on Touring grade models and above. 

Now with a variable geometry twin-turbocharger, the diesel engine has a maximum power output of 140kW and maximum pulling power of 450Nm. 

All three engines complement New Mazda6, with the naturally-aspirated petrol engine serving as an efficient and responsive powertrain, its turbocharged sibling amplifying the driving performance for which Mazdas are renowned and the diesel offering effortless, efficient long-distance driving.

Chassis development refined

In this latest round of changes to Mazda6, engineers have revisited every aspect of the SKYACTIV-CHASSIS, increasing its rigidity and tuning the suspension for smoother, more linear ride quality while at the same time lowering noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.

The steering rack has been mounted rigidly to the chassis for greater responsiveness and changes to the roll-steer characteristics promote more neutral handling.

Revised suspension geometry compliments the revisions which bring both a smoother ride and improved dynamic performance without compromising comfort. 

Other detail changes include body reinforcements, thicker sheet metal in the rear wheel-wells and trailing link mounts as well as extra chassis bracing, all helping to improve cabin sound quality and putting New Mazda6 into a different class when it comes to interior quietness and refinement.

Australia’s most popular SUV looks to extend its hold on the market, with the Mazda CX-5 adding new technologies to boost performance and improve efficiency across all engine grades.

Committed to the pursuit of driving pleasure and achieving optimal efficiency in line with Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 vision, Mazda has introduced a range of innovative SKYACTIV technologies to the CX-5 engine lineup to improve real-world combustion, torque and power output.

The latest and most advanced SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine will debut on the Mazda CX-5. It adds a new two-stage twin turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, helping to increase maximum power output from 129kW to 140W and maximum torque from 420Nm to 450Nm.

Taking Mazda one step closer to its goal of ideal diesel combustion, the engine adopts Rapid Multi-stage Combustion, with a new stepped egg-profile combustion chamber in piston, and ultra-high-response multi-hole piezo injectors. Combined with the benefits of the turbocharger, the engine’s compression ratio increases from 14.0:1 to 14.4:1.

A new water flow management system has also been added, quickening engine warm-up to help achieve better real-world fuel economy.

In another first for Mazda, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol engine adopts cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption when driving at constant speeds.

Unlike other manufacturers employing similar technology, Mazda’s system shuts down cylinders one and four in light-load situations, reducing pumping loss and mechanical resistance. When cruising at 40km/h, real world fuel economy is improved by approximately 20 per cent, and by approximately five per cent when at a constant 80km/h.

Ever evolving and improving Mazda’s petrol engines, a suite of new technologies have been added to both SKYACTIV-G 2.5L and SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engines to further improve efficiency.

A more rapid combustion is achieved with new and precisely tuned intake ports, generating a stronger tumble flow during intake stroke. Combined with a reshaped piston crown, the result is greater torque at low-to-mid rpm and improved fuel economy at high rpms.

The nozzles of the multi-hole fuel injectors have been redesigned for more efficient fuel injection, increasing pressure from 20MPa to 30MPa to realise a faster and more broadly dispersed spray.

A new Water Flow Management system (WFM) adds a coolant control valve to reduce the flow of coolant around the walls of the combustion chamber, helping reduce heat loss while the engine warms up.

The engines also adopts asymmetrical oil rings, with a larger outer radius at the top and smaller radius at the bottom edge, and revised piston skirt curvature realises an ideal barrel shape. Combined, these changes reduce mechanical resistance, contributing to better fuel economy.

Collectively, the updates to the petrol engine range have accounted for a 1Nm increase in torque for the 2.5L variant, and a 1kW increase in power for the 2.0L variant.

The top of the range Akera will also see added functionality with a 360° view monitor added to its equipment, while the Touring will introduce windscreen Active Driving Display in lieu of the flip-up display on the previous model.

This more advanced CX-5 is also now more affordable, with price drops across the range. The Maxx Sport and Touring variants will retail for $400 less than the previous model, while GT and Akera will retail for $800 less.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the updated CX-5 is another example of Mazda’s commitment to constant evolution in pursuit of best in class performance and efficiency.

“The CX-5 introduces some major developments with cylinder deactivation and the variable geometry turbocharger, but it’s the smaller technologies that advance Mazda to the ultimate goal of fuel efficiency in combustion engines,” said Bhindi.

“Mazda truly loves the motorcar, and will continue to refine, innovate and pursue technologies that enhance driving pleasure, while also delivering outstanding environmental and safety performance.”

There are 12 varieties of the updated Mazda CX-5 on offer, including three Maxx, and three Maxx Sport, and two each of the Touring, GT and Akera grades.

The Mazda CX-5 comes with a choice of SKYACTIV-G 2.0L or SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol engines, or SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine, and is available in FWD and AWD drivetrains paired with a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or a SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission.

The updated Mazda CX-5 is on sale now.

Mazda cx-5 pricing






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Ready to take on the toughest Aussie terrains, Mazda has released the New Look BT-50 exclusive to Australia. Designed and developed locally, the New Look BT-50 is purpose built for Australians looking for a tough ute that will tackle everything from the daily grind to off road adventures.

With major front-end design changes and added equipment across grades, this is the second and most comprehensive update to the Mazda BT-50 since its launch in 2011. The New Look BT-50 boasts a bold new bumper and grille to achieve a stronger road stance. 

Sharpening up the bumper, the outer edges have been squared off to give the ute a lower visual centre of gravity and a more solid bearing on the road. Strong, straight lines are carried through to new fog light surrounds and a large trapezoid lower air intake with skid plate, accented with mesh texture and a 3-dimensional insert for greater contrast. 

Further impressing a wide stance, the grille has also adopted horizontal lines, punctuated by a prominent Mazda badge. XTR and GT grades will have premium chrome grille fins, paired with a dark grey lower bumper insert, while XT will have satin black grille fins and black bumper insert. 

The front-end changes are bolstered by equipment upgrades across the range, which includes an exciting first for Mazda, the introduction of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across all grades. 

The flagship GT will take another step up in class, offering more convenience and design differentiation as standard. The GT adds a chrome Sports Bar with integrated high-mounted LED stop light, a heavy-duty tub liner to protect the tub and tailgate from scuffs and dents, tailgate central locking to safely secure gear in the tray and a single 12 volt auxiliary socket and light to aid visibility in the tub.

The XT will see the biggest changes with the addition of a Reverse Camera to improve rear vision and a 7-inch Alpine Infotainment System to keep drivers connected to the world around them.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the Australian-only BT-50 is an important step in the vehicle’s evolution.

“The BT-50 has already won fans in Australia, offering safety, comfort, performance and answering customer’s practical needs with great towing power and payload,” said Bhindi. 

“We know Australian customers want all this and a tough looking exterior, so we heeded demand and worked with local engineers to refresh the front-end and toughen up the BT-50.”

“The utility segment is a huge priority in Australia and for Mazda; we’re always looking to improve and enhance our product offering, to remain competitive and appealing to our customers,” said Mr Bhindi.

Making the BT-50 an even more enticing package, drivers will see ownership costs reduced, with servicing intervals updated from 10,000km/12 months to 15,000km/12 months.

Based on a 15,000km/12 month interval, this will save owners of the New-Look Mazda BT-50 more than $850 at the five year service mark. When looking at real-world Mazda owner mileage of 25,000km per annum, there is a potential saving of $1920 after five years.

The potential for cost savings is boosted with driveaway pricing on all New-Look Mazda BT-50 models, starting from $28,990.  

The BT-50 will go on sale across Australia in May. To learn more about the New Look BT-50 or to find your local Mazda dealer, visit www.mazda.com.au.


15,000km p/a


2 Years

3 Years

5 Years

Previous model

10k / 12 mth

$        1,414

 $        2,052

 $        3,537

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15k / 12mth

$        1,091

 $        1,522

 $        2,683



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Ever in pursuit of driving pleasure, Mazda has further evolved the MX-5 to enhance the thrill of top-down driving with updates to design, dynamics and NVH across the soft-top and RF models.

In its first update since the fourth generation launched in 2015, the MX-5 has been refined to deepen the sensation of Jinba-ittai and enhance the sports car’s iconic fun factor.

Much lauded for its driving feel, the roadster has seen its rear suspension fine-tuned to realise an even smoother and more comfortable ride, improving every driving situation, whether braking, cornering or cruising.

Using knowledge gleaned from the RF’s development, the soft-top’s rear suspension’s upper link bushings were lowered, while the rear bump stop was lengthened, so it comes into play a little earlier.

The roadster has also undergone NVH improvements to reduce unwanted cabin noise, while accentuating the pleasing quality of the MX-5’s engine sound.

Sound insulation was applied over a wide area of the centre tunnel and noise-absorbing material was added along its top for the first time. Performance of the dash insulator was also improved, holes and gaps around the tunnel reinforcements were reduced, and vibration-damping and noise-absorbing materials were added to the rear wheel housings.

Bolstering the MX-5’s five-star ANCAP safety rating, the GT will add more equipment to its already impressive package, including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Mazda’s Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH).

Using a windscreen mounted camera, LDW monitors road lane markings and provides an audible alert when a driver is about to stray from the designated lane.

Improving visibility when driving at night, ALH offers flare-free high beams that automatically control the area of illumination, wide range low beams that provide a wider field of vision and Highway mode, which automatically shifts the aim of the headlamps upwards when driving at high speeds. 

Further enhancing its unique road statement, the MX-5 now offers broader colour options across RF and soft-top models.

Mazda’s latest and most lustrous body colour, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, is now available on the MX-5, while the soft-top variant has also added Machine Grey Metallic to its body colour lineup. For extra shine, bright aluminum is on offer for 16-inch wheels on the 1.5L Roadster GT.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the updated MX-5 offers the thrilling and liberating drive that has always defined the iconic sports car.

“The MX-5 carries a promise of fun, and the upgraded fourth generation model certainly upholds this,” said Bhindi.

“The enhancements and added equipment are another phase in its constant evolution, which is testament to Mazda’s endless pursuit of achieving driving pleasure.”

The updated Mazda MX-5 is on sale now.

Mazda MX-5 pricing





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There’s now more to love about one of Australia’s favourite cars, with the stylish Mazda3 upping the ante on entry grade models, going on sale this month. The acclaimed Mazda3 will see a range of equipment added to Neo, Maxx and Touring grades across hatch and sedan variants, to offer more appeal and even better value for money, enhancing functionality and driver comfort.

Mazda3 Neo will undergo the biggest facelift, evolving into Neo Sport with the entertainment system upgraded to MZD Connect, with multifunction command controller and DAB+ Digital Radio, plus a rear camera and two additional speakers (equalling six speakers in total). Taking a step up to the Mazda3 Maxx, new equipment includes automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic on/off function for headlamps, dual-zone climate control and an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) to become Maxx Sport.

Lastly, Mazda3 Touring will offer more convenience and value to drivers, adopting Advanced Keyless Entry.

These new features join a long list of existing safety technologies and equipment that have won the Mazda3 the highest possible safety rating from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). All Mazda3 models offer a range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology as standard, including Smart City Brake Support-Forward (SCBS-F), while Mazda3 Maxx Sport and all grades above it get SCBS-Reverse (SCBS-R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the update will add further value to what is already one of Australia’s most loved cars.

“The Mazda3 is one of our best performing cars; it’s unmatched combination of styling, handling and performance has helped establish its position as a go-to,” said Bhindi. “By improving and adding features as standard across the range, the Mazda3 becomes an even more appealing and desirable package for our customers.”

Neo Sport, Maxx Sport and Touring grades feature the 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, while the more powerful 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine comes standard on SP25, GT and Astina variants.

Mazda3 is available with a choice of either the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, and in eight colours, including Soul Red Crystal, Machine Grey, Sonic Silver, Eternal Blue, Titanium Flash, Snowflake White Pearl, Jet Black and Deep Crystal Blue. The updated Mazda3 models are now on sale.

Pricing – National Drive Away Price for sedan and hatch

Neo Sport 6MT $21,490
  6AT $23,490
Maxx Sport 6MT $23,490
  6AT $25,490
Touring 6MT $25,490
  6AT $27,490
SP25 6MT $25,990
  6AT $27,990
SP25 GT 6MT $29,990
  6AT $31,990
SP25 Astina 6MT $33,490
  6AT $35,490

Mazda3 Neo Sport features include:

  • Drive Selector switch (auto only)
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • G-Vectoring Control (GVC)
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Smart City Brake Support-Front (SCBS-F)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Reverse Camera
  • DAB+ Digital Radio
  • HMI multi-function commander control
  • MZD Connect­
  • 6 Speakers

Mazda3 Maxx Sport features* (additional to Neo Sport)

  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
  • Front Fog-lamps (LED)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear-view mirror with auto dimming function
  • Satellite navigation
  • Smart City Brake Support - Reverse (SCBS-R)
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
  • Headlamps with auto on/off function
  • Rain sensing wipers

Mazda3 Touring features* (additional to Maxx Sport)

  • Leather seat trim
  • Power mirrors (body coloured, auto folding)
  • Advanced Keyless Entry

Mazda3 SP25 features* (additional to Touring)

  • Advanced Keyless Entry
  • Duel-zone climate control
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
  • Headlamps auto on/off function
  • 18 inch alloy wheels

Mazda3 SP25 GT features* (additional to SP25)

  • All-colour Active Driving Display
  • Daytime running lamps (LED)
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
  • LED headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
  • Power mirrors (heated)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)

Mazda3 SP25 Astina features* (additional to SP25 GT)

  • Adaptive LED headlamps
  • Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW)
  • Lane-keep Assist System (LAS)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC)
  • Smart Brake Support (SBS)
  • Sunroof
  • 18 Inch alloys (bright finish)

Mazda Australia has released an exclusive variant of its much loved roadster, with the launch of 110 Limited Edition MX-5 RF models. With special features and premium equipment added, the Limited Edition MX-5 RF further enhances the driving experience.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, says the Limited Edition model rings true to Mazda’s mission with the MX-5.

“The MX-5 has always been a car built for driving and for those who love driving. This model preserves the classic characteristics that we know and love, while adding enhancements that boost the driving feel,” said Bhindi. “The Limited Edition MX-5 RF offers an even more invigorating and exhilarating driving experience, with enviable collectible status to boot.”

Each Limited Edition MX-5 RF model is based on the top grade MX-5 RF GT and equipped with the SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, paired with the six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission. The Kuroi Sports Pack fitted to the Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition cars adds modest winglets near the front of the wheel arch openings to direct air away from the wheels and along the sides of the body.

To help the aerodynamics, Mazda engineers have also revised the suspension with a front strut bar linking the under-bonnet suspension towers to increase chassis stiffness. The strut brace is aided by upgraded Bilstein gas-pressurised dampers to improve the car’s already-impressive ride and handling characteristics.

New 17-inch diameter BBS alloy wheels also help sharpen the steering, adding emphasis to MX-5 RF GT’s already-impressive handling. The handling and performance changes are rounded-out with the addition of an upgraded brake package from specialist Italian company Brembo, which enhances stopping power. By adopting Brembo’s opposed-piston, four-pot front brake calipers, Mazda has strengthened the MX-5 RF’s positive braking feel, adding to braking controllability under high-load braking conditions.

Brake cooling performance has been improved by adopting brake discs with circular, pillar-shaped cooling fins which, in conjunction with the use of European-style low-steel brake pads, improves fade resistance by up to 26 per cent. Use of the Brembo braking package also saves almost two kilograms of weight in the front brakes compared to the MX-5’s standard disc brakes.

Inside, the Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition gets body-hugging Recaro sports seats for the ultimate blend of sports and luxury. Adding to its collectability, each car also comes with a gift-boxed, custom-made Seiko stainless steel Mazda MX-5 sports chronograph to perfectly fit the active lifestyle of Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition owners.

The Limited Edition MX-5 RF will be released for sale in Mazda dealerships throughout the country, with a driveaway price of $55,790.

Cosmo. Luce. Millenia. CX-9. Mazda6.

These are but a small sample of the Mazda vehicles from the past 50 years that have embodied “Mazda Premium,” a set of guiding principles that complements the company's human-centric design and engineering. Mazda uses these principles to build passenger cars and SUVs that compete in a class above, at a price that is readily affordable, offering a depth of engagement with its owner that satisfies at every touch point. With vehicles like these, it is Mazda’s goal to enrich people’s lives through a car ownership experience that celebrates driving, and to become a brand with which customers feel a strong emotional connection.

New Mazda6 certainly delivers all of the above, elevating Mazda6 from its traditional competitive set into a higher class, with unparalleled craftsmanship, design and technologies for the driver who savours every moment behind the wheel. Yet, Mazda6 is also serene, thoroughly reworked underneath its sheet metal to deliver a refined experience befitting of a far more expensive car.

A Mazda Premium Path Forward

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 three-row large SUV was a remarkable step for Mazda. It once again elevated Mazda, showing if Mazda built an SUV with superior driving dynamics, class-above refinement, an abundance of amenities, technology and a strong engine, customers would come. After more than a year since going on sale, approximately 61 per cent of all Mazda CX-9s sold in Australia have been either high-grade GT models or top-trim Azami models. In fact, so great is the appeal of the Azami, it has resulted in 40 per cent more retails than expected.

It was natural, then, that Mazda would follow this plan with its flagship sedan. Mazda6 has received improvements every year it has been on sale. Updates for the previous model year added more sound insulation throughout its cabin and Nappa leather interior appointments. Mazda6 also received standard G-Vectoring Control, a Mazda-exclusive technology that makes steering response more direct and linear by using a minute reduction of engine torque at turn-in to put extra weight on the front tires.

But simply adding Nappa leather and some new technologies does not a flagship model make.

Thus, Mazda6’s chassis has also been thoroughly revised to provide a more supple ride, greater agility and dramatically improved NVH. Mazda6’s Atenza interior features authentic Japanese materials that evoke a sense of classic Japanese design. The colour of its brown Nappa leather seats was inspired by the aged wood in ancient Japanese temples, the UltraSuede® NU trim has a subtle gold tint, using a similar technique to that which is used to make ornate kimonos, and Sen wood, a type of wood often used in taiko drums and Japanese furniture, is used to accent the cabin and enhance the premium feel.

Perhaps the greatest upgrade of Mazda6 Atenza is its source of motivation. Mazda’s award-winning, SKYACTIV-G 2.5T petrol turbo engine returns for its second application. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5T is an engine renowned for its nearly instantaneous, ample torque, courtesy of its Dynamic Pressure Turbo, which accelerates exhaust gasses through a tiny inlet to quickly spool up its turbocharger at low RPM before opening a larger secondary passage to use throughout the engine’s operational range. The engine produces torque on par with a 4.0-litre V-8 engine. Mazda6 was already a class favorite among discerning drivers. These latest upgrades will launch Mazda6 above the mainstream sedan fray, changing the idea of what an affordable midsize sedan can and should be.

‘Mature Elegance’: A Design Vision

Mazda’s striking VISION COUPE concept that debuted at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show portended a revitalised focus on elegance. Mazda6 carries a similar theme, called “Mature Elegance,” creating an added level of sophistication to Mazda’s KODO—Soul of Motion design language that complements its aspirational ambitions.

Up front is Mazda6’s new grille, which accentuates a look of depth, with a strong framework, low centre of gravity and wide stance. Its standard LED headlights integrate fog lamps and carry a crisp, wide lighting signature. Painted surfaces extend lower on the body, and new 17- and 19-inch wheel designs complement the upgraded appearance. Finally, Soul Red Crystal paint makes its debut on Mazda’s sedan, joining Machine Grey Metallic and a full palette of available paint colours.

Inside, the interior is all-new, with only the steering wheel and small trim pieces carried over from its predecessor. Most noticeable is its horizontally stretched dashboard that accentuates Mazda6’s width and belies a sense of subtle sophistication. On Mazda6 Atenza models, Sen wood, Nappa leather and UltraSuede® NU adorn the doors, seats and dashboard, providing an atmosphere that can coddle on any High St just as easily as it can enliven spirited drives along the Great Ocean Rd.

Technology Aplenty

Lest one thinks the new Mazda6 hasn’t received the technology to match its upscale interior, there’s more in store. 

Mazda6’s front seats have been fully redesigned. They are wider, with high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam that creates a firm, supportive seating surface. Yet, they’re supple enough to keep the driver and passengers comfortable for long trips. Introducing next-generation seat materials and concepts, first seen at August 2017’s Mazda Frankfurt Technology Forum, Mazda6’s seats are designed to help keep front passengers’ spines in the natural S-shape humans use when standing. 

Ventilated front seats in Mazda6 Atenza are a first for the brand, and wick away warm air from the front passenger and driver’s backs to keep them cool. Rear seats have also been redesigned with high-density urethane foam, enabling greater comfort.

In addition to the seats, new technology comes by way of available features:

  • 360o View Monitor
  • A reconfigurable 7.0-inch TFT gauge display in Atenza models
  • A new 8.0-inch MZD CONNECT infotainment display with sharper colour contrast
  • Full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go will be standard across the range along with Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA)
  • Windshield-projected Active Driving Display head-up unit

Engines to Suit Customers’ Tastes

Mazda6 offers three powertrain options in Australia, starting with the torquey, fuel-efficient SKYACTIV-G 2.5 naturally aspirated engine. Mazda6’s 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine comes with a host of upgrades to reduce internal friction and improve efficiency across all RPM, and it adds a greater level of refinement. 

Cylinder deactivation in a four-cylinder engine, enables the outside two cylinders to shut down when the vehicle is operating at steady speeds between 40 and 80 km/h, but all four cylinders work instantaneously when needed for maximum performance. A centrifugal pendulum has been adopted in the torque converter of the six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission, counterbalancing any vibration that might otherwise be felt when running on two cylinders. The result is an imperceptible switchover between two and four-cylinder modes, yet with very tangible efficiency benefits.

GT and Atenza models will feature Mazda’s award-winning turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine as standard. First available in the current-generation Mazda CX-9 large SUV, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T is a technological tour de force that produces 420Nm of torque from just 2,000 RPM and 170 kW on 91-RON fuel. 

Mazda’s industry-first Dynamic Pressure Turbo builds boost nearly instantaneously by using a small inlet port to force air into its turbocharger, akin to how water velocity increases when one holds his or her thumb over a hose. From there, a secondary valve can open up at higher RPM for increased airflow and maximum horsepower. A pulse-scavenging 4-3-1 manifold that prevents exhaust backpressure and helps the engine breathe freely.

Cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) is used to reduce combustion temperatures, preventing knocking and therefore reducing the need for fuel-enrichment (when extra fuel is dumped into the cylinders as a means to cool the engine). 

In too many instances, turbocharged engines are mated to continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVT), operating in a narrow band of efficiency, sacrificing a connectedness between driver and car—a valued characteristic of all Mazda vehicles called Jinba Ittai. Mazda’s six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission, paired as standard to the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, keeps its torque converter locked through most of its operation, giving a more connected sense of controllability than many other automatic transmissions.

Finally the 2.2L SKYACTIV-D diesel engine will continue to be available as an option on Touring grade and up.

All three engines complement Mazda6, with the naturally aspirated petrol engine serving as an all-around efficient, responsive powertrain, its turbocharged sibling amplifying the driving performance for which Mazdas are known and diesel offering effortless and efficient long-distance driving.

But What’s an Engine without a Chassis?

In this latest round of thoughtful improvements, engineers have revisited every aspect of Mazda6’s chassis, with its suspension offering a smoother, more linear ride quality and greater NVH refinement similar to the ultra-quiet CX-9. Its steering rack is now rigid-mounted to the chassis, offering greater steering response and feel, and its SKYACTIV-CHASSIS has been stiffened in complement with the revised suspension to offer both a smoother ride and to improve outright dynamic performance.

Enabling this more comfortable ride without compromising the Mazda6’s handling, the suspension geometry has been revised, with roll-steer changes that promote more neutral handling. The steering rack also is now rigid-mounted to the chassis, offering more direct steering response.

Additionally, body reinforcements, thicker sheet metal in the rear wheel-wells, reinforced chassis bracing and even thicker suspension trailing link mounts help improve interior conversation sound quality, putting Mazda6 into rarified air when it comes to quietness, refinement and capabilities.

In Pursuit of Mazda Premium

In pursuit of Mazda Premium, an engine isn’t enough. A chassis isn’t enough. An elegant interior and world-renowned design aren’t enough. Refinement and technology aren’t enough. But together, they complete what Mazda expects to be yet another step to elevate the brand beyond the realm of mainstream vehicles, offering a “Mazda Premium” experience that will delight customers. 

As with its predecessor, the new Mazda6 will land among the world’s best cars, for those who love to drive. But it will aim higher, moving Mazda’s consideration with customers to a new, class-above place, because Mazda never stops challenging. New Mazda6 is expected to go on sale in Australia towards the second half of 2018.

Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled two concept models, the Mazda KAI CONCEPT and the Mazda VISION COUPE at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show. Organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the show will be open to the public from Oct. 28 through Nov. 5.

The Mazda KAI CONCEPT compact hatchback heralds a new generation of Mazda cars. Featuring the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine, SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and a more mature expression of the KODO design language, the model embodies the technology, engineering and design concepts that will define the next generation of Mazda cars.

Refinements in all areas of dynamic performance have produced a dramatically quieter, more comfortable ride and an enhanced performance feel. The KAI CONCEPT features muscular, solid proportions and its form is brought to life by a delicate flow of reflections over the body sides.

The VISION COUPE represents Mazda’s design vision for next-generation models; a more mature expression of KODO applies a Japanese aesthetic to achieve more elegant and premium styling. The exterior features a “one motion” form that exudes a sense of speed and the interior combines three-dimensional depth with a strong longitudinal axis to create a relaxed space that maintains a sense of speed.

In line with its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term vision for technology development, Mazda aims to use the fundamental appeal of the automobile – driving pleasure – to inspire people, enrich society and help bring about a beautiful earth. By offering an experience of car ownership that celebrates driving, the company hopes to enrich lives and build a strong bond with customers.

The critically acclaimed Mazda CX-9 continues to evolve with the flagship SUV receiving dynamic, safety and comfort upgrades. Released in July 2016 as part of Mazda’s new-generation line-up, CX-9 now comes standard with G-Vectoring Control (GVC) to improve the seven-seat SUV’s already impressive handling and passenger comfort.

GVC improves vehicle dynamics by adjusting engine torque in response to steering input. This delivers unified control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration (G) forces, enhancing the vertical load on each wheel.

The new CX-9’s impressive NVH levels have been further improved. Six new countermeasures have been added, including reducing the height difference between the rear end of the roof molding and the liftgate, and increasing the thickness of the noise-absorbing material on the underside of the headliner.

In addition, noise-insulating material introduced on the back of the boot side trim reduces the amount of noise transmitted from the tyres and from the rear of the vehicle. Inside the cabin, higher density fiber used in the floor mats better absorbs noise and the insulation layer added to the ceiling liner reduces reverberation of sound.

These measures improve the clarity of voices in the second and third row by approximately five per cent, making it easier to enjoy a conversation with your family, while drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the quieter cabin on every trip.

As befits a high-end family car, all CX-9s come with an extensive range of class leading i-ACTIVSENSE safety features. These include Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Parking sensors (rear), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Reverse camera and Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R).

Advances to this already extensive safety suite include pedestrian detection for Smart City Brake Support (Forward) with the effective speed range for the system expanding from 4–30km/h to 4–80km/h. Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) has also been added to the GT and Azami models.

All CX-9s now get a second top tether point for the third row seats. This allows child or booster seats to be mounted to all three middle row seats and both third row seats. There are also two ISOFIX mounting points situated on both outer seats in the middle row.

The power driver’s seat adds a new tilt function that adjusts the height of the cushion’s front edge. The memory function saves the tilt setting along with other seat position settings. By offering control over a wider range of positioning adjustments, the updated power driver’s seat helps reduce fatigue on long drives.

Improved operation of the second row seats on the Mazda CX-9 makes it easier for those sitting in the second and third row seats to enter and exit the cabin. The back of each second row seat now leans 33° forward when the seat is slid forward, this increases the space between each second row seat and the rear wheel housing from 60mm to approximately 200mm.

In addition, the angle of operation for the walk-in lever on the shoulder of each second row seat is reduced from 58 degrees to 51 degrees, and the amount of force required to operate it is reduced by 25 per cent. The slide rail retainers for the second row seat are changed from metal to plastic, which reduces slide resistance by almost 30 per cent.

Power seat function controls get a luxurious chrome-like finish and heated seats have been added for the two outer seats in the middle row, in GT and Azami models. While auto-power folding mirrors have been added across the range. The CX-9 is now available in Soul Red Crystal Metallic, a newly developed body colour that launched on the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 earlier this year.

The vehicle is powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, the newly-developed top-of-the-range SKYACTIV-G petrol engine. It delivers the torque of a 4.0-litre V8, yet allows CX-9 to achieve fuel economy figures that are almost 25 per cent better than the first-generation model.

CX-9 holds the coveted title of Car of the Year as awarded by Wheels, Carsales and Behind The Wheel. With the Touring variant also taking out Oz Roamer’s Car of the Year in the ‘seven-seat AWD SUV $45,000-$60,000’ category.

“Although it has barely been a year since the debut of the current CX-9, it is important to Mazda to drive the evolution of this vehicle as our flagship SUV, responding to customers who seek quality, design, driving pleasure, safety, value and passenger comfort,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak. The Brand-New Mazda CX-9 sold 9051 in its first year. 200 per cent more than the best yearly sales total achieved by the original model. With 4657 sales to the end of June this year, CX-9 has set a six monthly sales benchmark.

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Grade Drive MLP*
Sport FWD $43,890
AWD $47,890
Touring FWD $50,290
AWD $54,290
GT FWD $58,790
AWD $62,790
Azami FWD $60,790
AWD $64,790