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

 

The Mazda CX-3 is the first vehicle in the small SUV sales segment to offer Smart City Brake Support Forward and Reverse as standard equipment, and it’s now standard across the entire range.

The class leader when it comes to safety, the New Mazda CX-3 also includes Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Safety Alert (RCTA) i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies as standard on the Maxx grade up, while sTouring and Akari variants also get Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

For buyers wanting the Akari, the top-of-the-range model also comes with Adaptive LED Headlamps and Front Parking Sensors to complete the safety upgrade. The Mazda CX-3’s first update since arriving in Australia in March 2015 also includes a range of ride, handling and NVH improvements making driving smoother and even more comfortable.

Like its medium SUV sibling, the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5, the Mazda CX-3 also comes with G-Vectoring Control, a system that uses the engine to enhance chassis performance, as standard. In addition, suspension updates in the form of a redesigned front lower arm bushing has improved steering response, while changing the angle of the bushing has contributed to a more premium ride.

On diesel models, the introduction of High-Precision DE Control Boost more accurately interprets driver accelerator intention by responding immediately to input, creating more linear acceleration, while the Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Frequency Control make the engine quieter by reducing knocking. These three technologies were first introduced on Mazda6 followed by the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5.

NVH has been improved supressing road noise, especially high frequency tyre noise, as well as a reduction in wind noise when driving at high speed. Combined, these make for a quieter and more enjoyable driving experience. Inside, the Mazda CX-3 receives a newly designed steering wheel and improved meter graphics; and a manual seat lifter, power seats with position memory, digital radio and a coloured Active Driving Display are available on selected grades across the range.

Available in eight stylish colours, including the new Eternal Blue Mica, high grades also have gun metallic coloured 18 inch alloy wheels and auto folding and heated mirrors, while Neo and Maxx side mirrors now fold with a flick of a switch. The range-topping Akari adds more luxury with heated 10-way power adjustable driver seats with memory function, auto folding mirrors, digital radio, a coloured Active Driving Display and the full range of available i-ACTIVSENSE safety equipment.

The New Mazda CX-3 is powered by a 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol and a 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine mated to a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission. Available in both Front-Wheel Drive and i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive options, fuel economy figures for petrol models start from a low 6.1 litres per hundred kilometres and 4.8 litres per hundred for diesel variants.

The New Mazda CX-3 is on sale now.

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price*

2.0L Petrol

Grade Transmission MLP
Neo Manual FWD $20,490
  Auto FWD $22,490
     
Maxx Manual FWD $22,890
  Auto FWD $24,890
  Auto AWD $26,890
     
sTouring Manual FWD $26,990
  Auto FWD $28,990
  Auto FWD $30,990
     
Akari Manual FWD $31,490
  Auto FWD $33,490
  Auto AWD $35,490

1.5L Diesel

Grade Transmission MLP
Maxx Auto FWD $27,290
sTouring Auto AWD           $33,390
Akari Auto AWD $37,890

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Note: Soul Red Metallic paint costs an additional $300, all other colours are free of charge.

In what is a first for the light car segment, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) are now available on the Mazda2, and are fitted as standard equipment on high-spec Genki and GT grades.

Now the undisputed safety champion of the light car segment, these i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies join Smart City Brake Support - Forward (SCBS-F), which is now standard across the entire range – with Mazda the only volume seller to offer this - and Smart City Brake Support - Reverse (SCBS-R) which is now standard from the Maxx variant up.

The first major update to the Mazda2 since its 2014 launch also sees the hatch range expand from three grades to four, with a new range-topping GT joining the entry-grade Neo, mid-spec Maxx and the high-grade Genki. The Mazda2 sedan range increases from two to three grades, with the GT available alongside the Neo and Maxx.

Following on from the recent Mazda3 and Mazda6 re-launches, Mazda’s ground-breaking G-Vectoring Control makes its way to New Mazda2, bringing a smoother, more comfortable ride for the driver and passengers.

Ride and handling have been improved through updates to suspension bushings, front and rear dampers and a recalibration of the electric power steering, while wind noise has been reduced with a noise-insulating windscreen and new engine compartment insulation has reduced engine noise.

High frequency road noise has been lowered by added luggage compartment insulation and damping material. Also included in this update are a range of interior and exterior upgrades that make New Mazda2 a more compelling consideration to light car buyers. Like its larger Mazda passenger car siblings, the New Mazda2 gets an updated steering wheel, more legible instruments, digital radio is available from the Maxx grade up, and the Genki and GT now come with a colour Active Driving Display.

Every model in the range also receives an updated trim package, with Neo, Maxx and Genki all featuring their own individual black cloth designs, GT hatch comes in pure white leather, and the GT sedan has black leather seats with a synthetic suede insert, coupled with deep brown accents on the seat, dashboard and door trims.

Ensuring the exterior remains fresh, the electric folding side mirrors – that fold automatically on high spec variants - have been re-designed and include integrated indicators.

Genki and GT grades also get a stylish shark fin antenna on hatch models, bright-plated fog light bezels and a gunmetal coloured grille, while the 16 inch alloy wheels on the top specs are differentiated by colour. The Genki has a gunmetal finish and the GT is painted silver.

The New Mazda2’s contemporary colour palette has been updated with the introduction of an all-new Deep Crimson Mica, while Eternal Blue Mica, Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica all make their Mazda2 debut. These join Soul Red Metallic, Dynamic Blue Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica and Aluminium Metallic.

The New Mazda2 is powered by a 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, with a high-spec alternative for Maxx, Genki and GT models including i-stop, mated to a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission. Fuel economy figures start from a low 4.9 litres per hundred kilometres.

The New Mazda2 is on sale now with no change to pricing.

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price*

Hatch         
Grade   Transmission   MLP
Neo   Manual   $14,990
    Auto   $16,990
Maxx   Manual   $17,690
    Auto   $19,690
Genki   Manual   $20,690
    Auto   $22,690
GT   Manual   $21,680
    Auto   $23,680

 

Sedan        
Grade   Transmission   MLP
Neo   Manual   $14,990
    Auto   $16,990
Maxx   Manual   $17,690
    Auto   $19,690
GT   Manual   $21,680
    Auto   $23,680

*Manufacturer’s List Price
Note: Soul Red Metallic paint costs an additional $300, all other colours are free of charge.

The eagerly anticipated Next-Gen Mazda CX-5, which is now on sale, boasts new levels of refinement and sophistication and offers a premium driving experience.

Australia’s favourite SUV for the last four years, and now available in five grades for the first time, the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 integrates a beautifully elegant and quiet interior with a mature exterior design and an expanded suite of impressive i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies.

In addition, thanks to the inclusion of G-Vectoring Control and the comfortable, newly designed front and rear seats, ride and handling is more enjoyable for both the driver and passengers, while rear air vents and an electric tailgate are available on selected grades.

With prices starting from $28,690 (plus on road costs) for the entry-level Maxx, the range also consists of a core-grade Maxx Sport, an all-new core-plus Touring spec, the high-grade GT and the top-of-the-range Akera.

The Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 Maxx features LED headlamps, power mirrors, rear seats with a reclining function and 40/20/40 split fold backrests, MZD Connect with a multi-function commander control, Digital radio and Bluetooth, advanced keyless push button engine start, and Blind Spot Monitoring BSM), rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), reverse camera and Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R) as standard equipment.

Stepping up, the Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport adds 17-inch alloys, dual zone climate control air conditioning, rear seats with centre armrest storage and USB inputs, satellite navigation and rear air vents.

The well-appointed Touring spec - which has been introduced to attract existing buyers to higher end grades and to reduce the price gap between the Maxx Sport and GT variants - has everything the entry and core grade alternatives have, but also includes a flip-up Active Driving Display, black Maztex/suede seat trim, advanced keyless entry, front parking sensors and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

The GT grade has 19-inch alloys, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), a power operated tailgate and sunroof, a windscreen mounted Active Driving Display and black or pure white leather seat trim, while the top-spec Akera comes with an additional range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology including; Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with stop and go function, Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), a side camera and Smart Brake Support (SBS).

The Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 is available with three efficient engine types including a 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol and a 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D diesel, mated with either a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission, and in All-Wheel and Front-Wheel Drive.

Running on standard unleaded (91 RON) or diesel, fuel economy numbers start from a low 6.9L/100km for the 2.0L petrol engine and 7.5 litres per hundred for the 2.5 litre petrol alternative, while the Diesel sips a light 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres. Diesel models also take on the High-Precision DE Boost Control, Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control technologies recently introduced on Mazda6, which combine to further evolve the level of driving performance and quietness.

There are eight contemporary exterior colours to choose from, including the newly developed Soul Red Crystal Metallic, plus Machine Grey Metallic, Eternal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica and Titanium Flash Mica.

The Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 also features the efficient and lightweight SKYACTIV Technology, the impressive i-ACTIV AWD all-wheel drive system, and the award-winning ‘KODO - Soul of Motion’ design language.

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price*

Grade Engine  Transmission MLP

Maxx

2.0L Petrol 6MT
2.0L Petrol 6AT
2.5L Petrol 6AT
FWD
FWD
AWD
$28,690
$30,690
$33,690

Maxx Sport

2.0L Petrol 6AT
2.5L Petrol 6AT
2.2L Diesel 6AT
FWD
AWD
AWD
$34,390
$37,390
$40,390

Touring

 

2.5L Petrol 6AT
2.2L Diesel 6AT
AWD
AWD
$38,990
$41,990

GT

 

2.5L Petrol 6AT
2.2L Diesel 6AT
AWD
AWD
$44,390
$47,390
Akera 2.5L Petrol 6AT
2.2L Diesel 6AT
AWD
AWD
$46,990
$49,990

*Manufacturer’s List Price
Note: Soul Red Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic paint costs an additional $300, all other colours are free of charge.

Now on sale, the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF has joined the rest of the MX-5 family as a five star safety rated vehicle. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has confirmed that, like its soft top sibling, the Mazda MX-5 RF – with its stylish retractable fastback hardtop – has also met the criteria for the maximum safety rating.

Not resting on its laurels, Mazda has made the sporty Roadster even safer thanks to the addition of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which are now standard across the entire MX-5 range.

In addition, the high grade Mazda MX-5 RF GT also gets the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - LED headlights that swivel up to 15 degrees to reveal more of a road’s corner. According to ANCAP, the Mazda MX-5 offers more pedestrian protection than any vehicle ever tested (33.72 points out of 36) thanks to an Active bonnet that pops up when an accident is detected, and the energy-absorbing foam positioned in the front bumper beam that combines with the lower stiffener within the bumper to prevent a pedestrian’s legs from sliding under the front of the car.

Overall, the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 received a total score of 35.20 out of 37 to earn its five star rating, with ANCAP giving a perfect 16 out of 16 and 2 out of 2 for the respective occupant protection side impact and pole tests, and a strong 14.2 out of 16 for the frontal offset test.

The Mazda MX-5 range also features front (driver and passenger) and side SRS Airbags, with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and Traction Control System (TCS) as standard on all grades.

“From the outset we were confident that the Mazda MX-5 had the inbuilt proactive and passive safety technology to earn the maximum safety rating, which is why we didn’t hesitate to crash test under the strict parameters of ANCAP,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.

“As highlighted recently, considerable effort went into making the All-New Mazda MX-5 the safest two-seater sportscar, and this is still the case.

“We expected the five star rating would carry over to the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF, but as we’ve done across most of the Mazda range in recent months, we were keen to introduce more safety technology for the benefit of our customers. Including Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as standard equipment across the entire range makes the Mazda MX-5 an even more compelling consideration for sportscar buyers.”

As the reigning World Car of the Year, and priced from $33,340 plus on road costs, the Mazda MX-5 is available in hard and soft top options, and with two engine and two transmission types.

The highly anticipated hardtop version of the Mazda MX-5, the RF (Retractable Fastback), is on sale now and promises a more exhilarating, open air driving experience.

Available in two grades - including the RF and RF GT - and designed to complement the Mazda MX-5 range, the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF introduces a sleek fastback design with a smooth line joining the roof to the rear of the car.

Popular with sportscar buyers on the previous generation MX-5, the fully automated hardtop, which is made up of four parts including the front, middle and rear roof, as well as a back window glass panel, fully retracts into the boot of the MX-5 with minimal impact to storage space.

Push button operated, the roof can be opened and closed at driving speeds of up to 10km/h and takes 13 seconds from start to finish.

Mazda also took the opportunity with the RF launch to add further standard safety equipment, including Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Not confined to the RF, this equipment is also available across the entire Mazda MX-5 range. The high grade RF GT also gets the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) - LED headlights that swivel up to 15 degrees to reveal more of a road’s corner.

The MX-5 RF grade includes 17 inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, Bluetooth, MZD Connect – which is also now standard on all grades - and Satellite Navigation, while the high grade MX-5 RF GT comes with either a black or tan leather interior trim, power mirrors, climate control air conditioning and heated seats. There is also an additional GT option that features a black-painted roof and stylish nappa leather interior trim.

With prices starting from $38,550 plus on roads, the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF is powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L petrol engine that boasts 118kW of power and 200Nm of torque, and offers a choice of either a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed auto transmission.

Offered in six contemporary colours including the MX-5 debut of Machine Grey Metallic, fuel economy numbers for MX-5 RF start from 7.0L per 100 kilometres for manual and 7.4L per hundred for auto variants.

For more detailed information please refer to the press kit.

All-New Mazda MX-5 RF MLP

Grade Transmission Interior MLP
Mazda MX-5 RF 6MT Cloth $ 38,550
  6AT Cloth $ 40,550
Mazda MX-5 RF GT 6MT Black or Tan Leather $ 43,890
  6AT Black or Tan Leather $ 45,890
Mazda MX-5 RF GT
with Black Roof
6MT Nappa leather $ 44,890
  6AT Nappa leather $ 46,890

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Note: There is a $300 premium for Soul Red Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic paint options.

The All-New Mazda MX-5 RF lands in Australia on 1 February 2017. Boasting exotic looks and the roadster’s hallmark engaging driving experience, the two-model Mazda MX-5 RF line up - RF and RF GT - starts from $38,550*.

Specification levels are impressive. As well as the Retractable Fastback roof, the Mazda MX-5 RF also gains a 4.6-inch full-colour TFT display, LED headlights (with Adaptive Front Lighting) as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear-lever. Beautiful in its design, the retractable hard top can be opened and closed at speeds up to 10km/h, with a simple touch of a button.

RF GT models receive additional luxuries such as a nine-speaker BOSE audio system with integrated headrest speakers, as well as LED tail-lights and heated seats. The RF range tops out with a GT model alternative that has a black painted roof and premium Nappa leather interior trim. A new exterior paint colour is also now available - Machine Grey Metallic which substitutes for the MX-5 soft top’s Meteor Grey Mica.

The Mazda MX-5 RF is exclusively powered by the 118kW/200Nm SKYACTIV 2.0-litre engine driving the rear wheels via the SKYACTIV six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Customers can now place orders for the All-New Mazda MX-5 RF with their local Mazda dealer.

All-New Mazda MX-5 RF MLP

Grade Transmission Interior MLP
Mazda MX-5 RF 6MT Cloth $ 38,550
  6AT Cloth $ 40,550
Mazda MX-5 RF GT 6MT Black or Tan Leather $ 43,890
  6AT Black or Tan Leather $ 45,890
Mazda MX-5 RF GT
with Black Roof
6MT Nappa leather $ 44,890
  6AT Nappa leather $ 46,890

*Manufacturer’s List Price
**There is a $250 premium for Soul Red Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic paint options.

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the Next Gen Mazda CX-5 will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which is open to the public November 18-27. Mazda will hold a press conference at 12:50pm on November 16, the first of two press days.

With the Next Gen Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV, Mazda has further refined every element of its design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure. Taking the “KODO - Soul of Motion” design concept to a new level, the company has honed the car’s beauty, imparting a powerful combination of sophistication and strength.

Mazda’s Exhibits at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Vehicles scheduled for sale Next Gen Mazda CX-5 [world premiere], Mazda MX-5 RF
Vehicles on sale Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 (current model), 
Mazda CX-9
Reference exhibits Mazda Prototype (race car) [world premiere]
Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (petrol engine)
SKYACTIV-G 2.5 (petrol engine)
SKYACTIV-G 2.5T (direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine)