Review Mazda 6 2007
The highly anticipated Hitter King of Mazda’s middle segment will arrive ahead of schedule in Australia early next year with firepower arsenal but with a missing link that’s important.
Lacking the Mazda6 statement is set to provide a killer punch in the second generation before coming in March, there was a glaring omission; satellite navigation.
It has disappointed Mazda Australia, who are unsure when a manual system will be available.
A host of frustrating supplier issues means it won’t be seen anytime soon after launch.
It’s one of the few noteworthy points for the all-new 6 that will cost similarly to the sending model, which is itself an achievement, considering more than reliable generation changes.
As before, the 6 has three body styles (sedan, hatch and wagon) with the same four trim levels.
The range is expected to start somewhere around the current price tag of $ 29,490 for the Limited edition (for sedans only), which comes with all safety gismos including Stability Control. Dynamic, six airbags, active head restraint and traction control and 16 inch steel wheels.
Classic up (all body types), accounting for 40% of the volume versus 10% for the base model, featuring 17-inch alloy wheels and new dual-zone automatic air conditioning.
Luxury (30% of sales) will appear in the convertible and hatch model with the wagon version still confirmed that there is a leather interior, electric seat adjustment, steering wheel mounted steering wheel for the Active gearbox and Xenon headlights in contrast to the bi-xenon of European-spec cars.
Other Australian cars reflect the European version with the top-end Luxury / Sport model with 18-inch rubber.
Mazda thinks that the high demand will be luxury in the first months of sales, which shows them that they have the track production specification.
A decision on whether Australia will bring the luxury car variant has yet to be made, the official line of feedback will determine its fate with the final appeal that can be made during the domestic launch.
Six-speed manuals are available on all models while Five-Speed Activation is expected to charge an optional fee of $ 2200.
Mazda has continued the impressive way of extracting scientific weight from the car, starting with the ‘gram’ philosophy that began with the hardtop MX-5 roadster of a few seasons ago and transferred it to the recently launched Mazda2. here.
There is no official weight for typical Australian cars, as the production process has not yet begun, although the model’s program manager, Ryuichi Umeshita, guarantees that it will fit the volume. of the model goes.
Without weight-saving measures on the new car, Umeshita said that the Australian 6 will carry more than 110kg.
Euro model comes to the showroom with 35kg shaved off curb weight.
This is despite the fact that the new Mazda6 has grown in specs and more importantly in size with the sedan and expands in length from 65mm to 4735mm, height increases 15mm to 1795mm, increases 5 mm to 1440mm. and 50mm significantly more in wheelbase extending to 2725mm.
The car is longer than 75mm, wider than 15mm, taller than 10 mm and has the same length as the wheelbase.
In proportion, Mazda has increased the diameter of the brake discs by 16mm
An especially impressive breakthrough is the NVH (noise, vibration, harshness), reduced by 2.5dB to 67.5dB on raw chip bitumen at 60km / h. The high level of attention paid to body sounds and deadly sounds as well as quieter bushes helped the new 6 become the most serene Mazda.
This is also the smoothest Mazda ever with a drag coefficient from 0.27 to 0.30 on the previous model and 0.28 for the car, down 0.04 compared to the outgoing version.
There’s a real motorcycle racing factory method behind Mazda’s approach with fancy wings like horseshoe-shaped shock absorbers, which help stabilize aero without compromising on brake cooling.
A soft closing function, in the ilk of German luxury cars, will be the standard for hatchback models; while the new tonneau-coated wagon is practically helping to block eyes from entering the cargo area when the back door is closed.
A major highlight for this model was the decision to offer standard metallic paint, a move that resonated with buyers.
Another bonus is the electric power steering system.
These systems have not been well-received on some rival cars in the past, mostly for their artificial feel.
But this power-assisted agreement has been meticulously designed with more than 150 calibrations measured and tested in real-world situations, taking two years to develop optimal settings in linear driving and accuracy. body.
Of course all this development will not be complete without progress on fuel savings.
The driving system alone helps reduce fuel consumption with Mazda claiming indoors that the figures on the Limited manual model are 8.1 liters / 100km.
The new 2.5-liter MZR four-cylinder has a new unit compared to the previous 2.3-liter unit and adds 3Kw of power to 125Kw; while maximum torque goes north to the tune of 19Nm to 226Nm.
A new, easy-to-use steering wheel control system called Cross-Functional Network (CF-Net) helps you cycle through audio, navigation (on arrival), air conditioning, trip computer and Bluetooth.
Among those benchmarked for the new 6 are Volkswagen Passat and BMW 3-series for driving dynamics along with Subaru Liberty.
Australia will not get the current 2 liter diesel engine when the cars are launched in March.
Waiting for a more powerful and more torque 2.2-liter version on the stream in 2009 with an automatic transmission.