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.

Mazda6 just got even better thanks to a range of dynamic safety, interior design and NVH enhancements that add to the exceptional quality that the nameplate is renowned for, with prices remaining unchanged. Already boasting an impressive array of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies, the New Mazda6 adds pedestrian recognition to Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), with the upper detection speed range increased from 30km/h to 80km/h. SCBS helps avoid accidents at low speeds.

In addition, Smart Brake Support (SBS) - which detects vehicles and obstacles ahead of the vehicle - has had its operating range expanded to between 15 and 160km/hr, and Mazda’s newest i-ACTIVSENSE technology, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), makes its Mazda6 debut. Inside the car, the focus has been on making the Mazda6 more refined for drivers and their passengers.

New Mazda6 introduces an all-new steering wheel, the instrument display has been simplified with clearer labelling and fonts that match those on MZD Connect, the Multi-Information Display in the meter cluster is now full colour – like the Active Driving Display¹ - and has a more diverse² range of functions.

Distinguishing it from the Sport, Touring and GT grades, the range-topping Atenza features a premium interior package that includes nappa leather seats with titanium piping, and titanium trim highlights on the instrument panel, centre console and door trims, a black headlining with overhead console LED down-lighting, and chrome-plated seat adjustment controls and glovebox latch. GT and Atenza variants also have heated rear seats.

When it comes to driving dynamics and NVH, Mazda6 welcomes Mazda’s world-first G-Vectoring Control which gives a more controlled, enjoyable drive, while cabin quietness has been improved thanks to a range of sealing and noise absorption updates. On diesel models, the inclusion of High-Precision DE Boost Control gives smoother acceleration which responds more accurately to the driver’s intentions, and new Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control technologies decrease diesel knocking noise.

Enjoying an exterior upgrade early last year, the only updated changes outside of the car include newly designed side mirrors that auto foldᵌ and the introduction of Mazda’s newest hero colour, Machine Grey Metallic.

“The Mazda6 is one of the best medium-sized passenger cars available in the market,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak. “As it has continued to evolve, Mazda6 can rightly be considered as an alternative to luxury brand models, such are the standard features, safety inclusions and its on-road presence.”

With a five star ANCAP safety rating, New Mazda6 is available in four grades - the entry Sport, core Touring, high GT and high plus Atenza, with two engines types, a 2.5L SKYACTIV-G petrol and 2.2L SKYACTIV-D diesel, boasting fuel economy figures from 5.4L/100km.

Starting from $32,490*, New Mazda6 is on sale now.

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price*

Sedan

   

2.5L Petrol 

Sport 6AT 

$32,490

 

Touring 6AT 

$37,290

 

GT 6AT 

$42,690

 

Atenza 6AT 

$45,390

     

2.2L Diesel

Touring 6AT 

$40,140

 

GT 6AT 

$45,540

 

Atenza 6AT 

$48,240

     

Wagon

   

2.5L Petrol 

Sport 6AT 

$33,790

 

Touring 6AT 

$38,590

 

GT 6AT 

$43,990

 

Atenza 6AT 

$46,690

     

2.2L Diesel 

Touring 6AT 

$41,440

 

GT 6AT 

$46,840

 

Atenza 6AT 

$49,540

     

Soul Red & Machine Grey Metallic

 

$250

* Plus on road costs
¹ Available on GT and Atenza models
² Including a water temperature gauge and a graphically displayed compass function.
ᵌ Auto folding side mirrors have been introduced to Touring grades and above

The new Mazda6 has received a range of stylish interior and exterior upgrades adding to the prestige. After winning numerous global awards - including a podium placing in the 2013 World Car of the Year - New Mazda6 is even more appealing. The Mazda6 exterior¹, like the New CX-5, has taken the next step in its design evolution, adding an updated front end that offers a stronger look and greater flow thanks to the addition of five horizontal fins that run through to Mazda-first LED headlamps. Including fog and rear combination LEDs and the addition of newly designed 19 inch five spoke wheels¹, there are two striking new Mazda6 colours, Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica.

While the exterior changes offer a bolder and tauter design, it is the premium interior upgrades that elevate Mazda6 even further. New Mazda6 now features MZD Connect, Mazda’s next-generation in-car connectivity system, which includes a seven inch touch screen display operated by a centrally located commander control knob, an electric park brake and Active Driving Display. Initially revealed on Mazda3, the Active Driving Display¹ is mounted above the meter hood and provides vehicle speed and other important real time driving information. In addition, Mazda has added to its impressive array of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies (on selected models). Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH) improves visibility at night, Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) assists the driver to maintain their intended course, Driver Attention Alert (DAA) alerts drivers to fatigue and decreased alertness, while Smart City Brake Support (Forward/Reverse) (SCBS F/R) adds rearward detection to help reduce the likelihood of an accident. New Mazda6 also offers Smart Brake Support (SBS) and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

Mazda6 drivers will experience the ‘Jinba Ittai’ - horse and rider as one - feeling thanks to an updated suspension system that provides a smooth, flat driving experience while settled in redesigned front and rear seats that offer a snug, comfortable fit. NVH has been improved by 10 per cent when travelling on rough roads and by approximately 25 per cent on highways and a new Drive Selection feature on petrol models allows the driver to switch modes for a more responsive driving experience. There are two powertrains available including the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre petrol and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 litre diesel engine, both of which are mated to a SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. There are four models to choose from comprising the entry level Sport, the mid-spec Touring and high grade GT and Atenza.

With prices recently dropping thanks to the Japan-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Mazda6 Sport starts from $32,540², down $920 from its 2012 launch price.

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price

Sedan

 

 

2.5L Petrol

Sport 6AT

$32,540

 

Sport Safety 6AT

$33,770

 

Touring 6AT

$37,280

 

Touring Safety 6AT

$38,540

 

GT 6AT

$42,720

 

GT Safety 6AT

$43,780

 

Atenza 6AT

$46,420

     

2.2L Diesel

Touring 6AT

$40,480

 

Touring Safety 6AT

$41,740

 

GT 6AT

$45,920

 

GT Safety 6AT

$46,980

 

Atenza 6AT

$49,620

Wagon

 

 

2.5L Petrol

Sport 6AT

$33,840

 

Sport Safety 6AT

$35,070

 

Touring 6AT

$38,580

 

Touring Safety 6AT

$39,840

 

GT 6AT

$44,020

 

GT Safety 6AT

$45,080

 

Atenza 6AT

$47,720

     

2.2L Diesel

Touring 6AT

$41,780

 

Touring Safety 6AT

$43,040

 

GT 6AT

$47,220

 

GT Safety 6AT

$48,280

 

Atenza 6AT

$50,920

Soul Red Metallic Price Premium $200

¹on selected grades
²Manufacturer’s List Price