New MAZDA 6

Posted: 04/13/2013 in LifeStyle, Motor, Technology

Thirst yourself into a new MAZDA6……….

Concept Sketch front 

NEW MAZDA6

1. The new generation Mazda6

Mazda’s new-generation flagship features the “KODO – Soul of Motion” design theme along with the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, delivering Mazda’s Jinba Ittai one-with-the-car feeling.

■ Sustainable Zoom-Zoom in its most advanced form in one of the safest and most fuel-efficient Mazdas ever:

›› Developed using Mazda’s lightweight design strategy, the all-new Mazda6 is considerably lighter than the current model

›› The first Mazda with the company’s unique fuel-saving i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system

›› Uncompromising Mazda driving pleasure thanks to SKYACTIV performance and handling

■ Mazda’s contender in the all-important CD segment, which is the flagship segment for the passenger car category.

Concept Sketch Rear

Exterior design

■ The all-new Mazda6 is the purest adaptation yet of KODO, which was inspired by the movements of animals in the wild and symbolises Mazda’s distinctive vitality and agility.

■ Features the signature wing grille, the new family face of Mazda expressing the brand’s strength and depth along with a dignified sense of purpose.

■ The prominent fenders and low rear-leaning cabin allude to the power lurking under the all-new Mazda6’s haunches.

■ A coupé-style cabin, with the A-pillars moved back 100 mm from the current model’s, emphasises the solid stance of a highly responsive vehicle (also giving the driver a wider field of view).

■ All-new body colours – Soul Red Metallic, Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica – specially designed for greater contrast.

■ Standard 19-inch aluminium wheels.

instrument panel black leather instrument panel off-white leather

Your Choice of Black or White Leather Seat….

Interior design

■ The two main interior lines, which flow across the dash and instrument panel through the door trim, impart stability and reliability.

■ Methodical interior design reflects the all-new Mazda6’s harmoniously sophisticated essence.

■ Driver-oriented cockpit with a clean, consistent look and layout for controls

to make operation as simple as possible, and passenger accommodation designed to convey peace of mind.

■ High-end polished aluminium look for parts like the door handles and gearshift knob, with soft materials on items most often touched (e.g. the steering wheel).

■ Standard leather trim with a choice of two colours – subtle black, or sporty yet warm off-white available with Soul Red exterior paint colour.

Off-white leather seats

Comfort

■ Sedan wheelbase among the longest in the segment (2,830 mm) for a spacious, comfortable cabin.

■ Segment-leading rear legroom and knee clearance.

■ Ergonomic HMI (human machine interface) helps turn the car into an extension of the driver, who is in the best possible position to comfortably operate the vehicle. Features include:

›› An 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory and lumbar support, and a 4-way power adjustable passenger’s seat.

›› Steering wheel with ample tilt and telescopic range

›› A hinged organ-style accelerator pedal for added comfort and faster braking

■ Repositioned A-pillars and side mirrors improve driver’s horizontal and vertical viewing angles.

■ Attractive lightweight contoured seats deliver a sporty wrap-around feel, outstanding support and remarkable long-distance comfort.

■ Top-class boot with capacity of 489 l.

■ Generous array of stowage possibilities with priority on easy driver access to items used most.

instrument panel black leather

Equipment

■ Cockpit designed to promote simple and accurate recognition of controls and indicators:

›› 3.5-inch multi-information display in the main instrument cluster for driver management information (e.g. fuel consumption)

›› 5.8-inch touchscreen for infotainment systems ergonomically located in an elevated position on the centre stack

■ High-connectivity infotainment features include:

›› iPod®, USB and Bluetooth® connections (incl. hands-free mobile connectivity as well as an AUX jack)

›› Improved noise suppression and voice recognition functionality

›› New mail function for Bluetooth-connected smartphones enables display and readout of messages via the 5.8-inchtouchscreen

■ Climate control system optimised to reduce size and power use yet still deliver superb heating and cooling along with better air flow in the cabin.

■ Comprehensive Parking Assist System combines integrated rear parking camera, audio warning signal and front and rear warning zones with visual display.

All-new 2.5-litre high-efficiency SKYACTIV powertrain with i-ELOOP, Mazda’s new brake energy regeneration system, as well as i-stop, its advanced idle-stop system.

 SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine

i-ELOOP system  i-ELOOP status information

The new 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G direct injection petrol engine features:

■ An exceptionally high 13:1 compression ratio

■ A specially designed 4-2-1 exhaust system and enhanced fuel spray properties, among other things, to counter the drawbacks to such high compression

■ The same technology as the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G to make high compression so efficient

■ A balance shaft to offset the added vibration from the most powerful SKYACTIV engine to date

■ i-ELOOP as standard equipment

i-eloop skeleton image

Output:

■ 138 kW / 185 PS at 5,700 rpm & 250 Nm at 3,250 rpm

Fuel consumption (combined) & CO2 emissions:

■ With six-speed automatic: 6.3 l / 100 km & 148 g/km

■ Emissions class: Euro 5

SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission:

■ Features an extra-wide lock-up range clutch

■ Delivers quick and direct shifting

 

CHASSIS & BODY

Together with SKYACTIV powertrains, the SKYACTIV-Chassis and SKYACTIV-Body make the all-new Mazda6 a thrill to drive, delivering refined, linear handling, segment-leading safety and a uniquely efficient lightweight design.

SKYACTIV-Chassis

■ Intensifies the linear connection between driver and vehicle, especially in terms of accelerating, turning and stopping, with:

›› More rear suspension grip than the current model

›› Shorter braking distances thanks to chassis stability (as well as a shorter brake pedal stroke and enhanced brake disk cooling)

■ Lighter yet stiffer front strut and rear multi-link suspension optimised for low-speed agility and high-speed stability – and a comfortable ride at all speeds.

■ Electric power-assisted steering with class-leading gear ratio adjusts sensitivity to changing driving conditions.

SKYACTIV body

SKYACTIV-Body

■ Lighter yet stronger than the current model using more ultra-high tensile steel and other innovations to bolster the body’s structures.

■ Delivers excellent crash safety by more effectively absorbing and dispersing impact energy through the body structure using a multi-load path concept and replacing curved sections with straight continuous structures.

■ Class-leading aerodynamics (0.27 target cd value) for better stability and fuel economy.

■ Exceptionally quiet cabin, as undesirable engine and road noise are blocked and suppressed using innovative materials and structures.

■ Among the lightest and most aerodynamic CD models available.

SAFETY

■ Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) rapidly blinks the hazard lights during heavy braking to warn ensuing motorists.

■ Adaptive Front-lighting System and Auto Leveling

(AFS)* turns the headlamps to better illuminate curves.

■ Hill Launch Assist (HLA)* controls brake pressure to help prevent the vehicle from rolling during hill starts.

■ Standard ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), brake assist, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and TCS (Traction Control System).

■ Cruise Control

■ Dual front, side & curtain airbags

The all-new Mazda6 also has a range of innovative passive safety features like:

■ The highly rigid impact-absorbing SKYACTIV-Body, with more lightweight

ultra-high tensile steel than ever.

■ An improved front-end design with larger crumple zones to better prevent cabin deformation, also reducing repair costs following milder collisions.

■ A strengthened cabin cage structure for superior side impact protection along with reinforced rear frame and bumper structures.

■ Trim and other interior components redesigned to prevent or reduce injuries to occupants.

■ Improved anti-whiplash front seats delivering exceptional support.

■ Rear seat components reinforced to prevent luggage from intruding into the cabin.

■ Standard front, side and curtain airbags.

■ A bonnet and body cowl enhanced to provide more give and better protect pedestrians, especially from head injuries.

■ Bumper designed to protect pedestrians’ legs.

front quarter running shot (2)

2 LOVE AT FIRST DRIVE

It all comes down to rela­tionships. This is the spirit of the all-new Mazda6, a car built to be an extension of its driver and in harmony with the road. A car that begs to be driven from the very first time one lays eyes on it.

Mazda is reaching for greater heights in a flagship for a new generation and a new level of driving pleasure. With the distinct design, intuitive functional­ity and exceptional responsiveness that are essential elements of every Mazda. But also blending a dynamic, emotional appeal with the composure mandatory for Mazda’s top model. This, of course, posed challenges for designers and en­gineers as they sought to balance poten­tially conflicting attributes like form and function, performance and efficiency, comfort and practicality, uniqueness and mass appeal. And in the all-important reputation-making CD segment, no less.

Always ready to fulfil the driver’s every wish, the SKYACTIV powertrains provide unrivalled linearity and responsiveness. They’re a perfect match for the new Mazda6’s equally precise handling, founded on agile yet stable steering and suspension feedback that puts the driver in absolute control.

This model marks the latest evo­lution of Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, Mazda’s long-term vision to de­velop technology for exception­ally safe and environmentally friendly vehicles that also pro­vide the greatest possible driving pleasure. To deliver top-class fuel economy, the all-new Mazda6 combines the lightweight design common to all SKYACTIV compo­nents with uniquely innovative engines and transmissions and Mazda’s unique i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system.

It’s remarkably safe thanks to the SKYACTIV-Body, whose highly rigid structure absorbs impact energy and channels it away from the cabin for segment-leading crash protection. Add in the enviable range of active safety technology, and you have an environment where the driver can concentrate on the driving experience while passengers relax and enjoy the ride.

And they’ll be comfortable, too. Despite its compact look, the rear-leaning cabin – an integral part of the bold KODO design’s strength and vitality – offers a spacious interior with a refreshingly ergonomic layout in which controls and features are cleverly positioned for the utmost in convenience and flexibility.

In short, the all-new Mazda6 is a stunningly fashioned car that’s both safe and efficient, uniting a smooth, refined drive with precise, linear handling to a degree that most CD-segment models in Europe can only dream of. And it’s here, today.

Rear running shot

3 DESIGN – MOVING PEOPLE

At the same time, it needed to attract the broad customer appeal obligatory for CD-segment sedans and wagons in Europe. Mazda designers undertook this complex challenge, working closely with company engineers to make their visions both fea­sible and highly functional. The result is a new Mazda6 that will delight custom­ers with a combination of superior build quality and functional, practical beauty that should continue to please the senses well into the future. One look at the all-new Mazda6 should eradicate any doubts about the skills of Mazda’s designers, long known for their unique ability to express motion when shaping vehicles.

Their latest evolution is called “KODO – Soul of Motion”, a design theme inspired by the movements of animals in the wild – and the look for the new generation of Mazdas. Mazda believes it has captured KODO’s purest essence in the all-new Mazda6, the production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept first showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in late 2011. It combines a muscular anatomy and vitality with a functional al­lure that is certain to gain broad market appreciation – and a level of quality that sets it apart.

Akira Tamatani, Mazda6 Chief Designer:

“The all-new Mazda6 has a robust framework and a low, wide stance that expresses strength and sta­bility, creating an impression of extraordinary vitality without de­tracting from the universal aes­thetic appeal and beautiful form it displays as a CD car,” says Akira Tamatani, the chief designer. “We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expres­sions of motion artistically realise a powerful presence. Simply looking at the car heightens one’s expectations about the driving experience even before actually riding in it.”

Exterior: Shapes that enrich the senses

When designing the Mazda6, the aim was to come up with a body that clearly sets the vehicle apart from conventional thinking, as unveiled on the Takeri and Shinari concepts, while still furnishing Mazda’s flagship with an unmistakable dignity and purpose.

The prominent fenders and compact-looking cabin set towards the rear highlight the large-diameter 19-inch aluminium wheels, which only add to the car’s composed exterior. The five sets of contoured spokes underline the sense of dynamism and light, effortless motion. And they don’t just look good, either. Engineers worked with designers to improve stiffness and thus resistance to deformation. The result is superior handling coupled with reduced noise, vibration and harshness. In what is un­doubtedly some of their best work yet, Mazda’s world-class design team came up with distinctive bodylines whose im­pressions vary – a sense of speed here, more relaxed there – depending on how the light falls. In doing so, they focused on the interplay between light and shadow, designing a car that one never tires of looking at.

The family face clearly says “Mazda”, with distinctive elements harmoniously blended into the package. Take the sig­nature wings, for example, a KODO de­sign trademark spanning from headlamp to headlamp through the bottom of the imposing upper grille. Together with the glinting eyes, the front-end expresses a dignified sense of purpose.

The all-new Mazda6 is the com­pany’s first production model to incorporate LED daytime running lights into the headlamps.

The ring, which surrounds each headlight, accentuates the for­ward-looking stance and mature fearlessness, while the LED line visually extends the signature wings outwards, adding to the sense of speed.

Truly functional design

The wings flow into distinctive character lines on the sides of the car, as if it were ready to leap off the ground and rocket forward. The coupé-like cabin on the sedan slides over the C-pillar into the short, powerful rear deck, stress­ing the car’s firm footing. The wagon, meanwhile, adds prac­tical utility to this lean, sporty stance. In either case, the driver can anticipate an instantaneous response to his or her input.

Indeed, one recurring characteristic of the all-new Mazda6 is the harmony of its var­ious design features. The signature rear tail lamps, for example, emulate the head­lamps, using a line of light to “stretch” the rear chrome moulding outwards via the main tail light to the character lines on the side of the car. Like the headlamps, they highlight the elegant strength of the all-new Mazda6.

Interior: Stunning simplicity

Open the door of the Mazda6, and this exciting yet dignified consistency continues on the inside. Interior designers paid meticulous attention to detail, enhancing shapes and textures as well as appearances. What they came up with is a harmonious, uncluttered space with an immediately perceptible level of genuine quality and tasteful coordination fitting for a flagship: An interior as stunning as it is sensible.

For example, the various controls received the same finishing. This produces a clean, consistent look throughout the all-new Mazda6 while at the same time making knobs and switches easier to visually locate and therefore operate. Parts like the door handles were given a hand-polished aluminium look, with soft materials used for elements that occupants touch the most, such as the steering wheel and armrest. The use of hard plastics was kept to a minimum, with a high-quality finish that underscores the refinement of the Mazda6 interior while offering practical benefits to driver and passenger alike.

Inspiringly clean lines

Like the exterior, the two main lines (and key design elements) of the interior ex­press motion and speed. The top one curves across the crest of the instrument panel, flowing through the door trim to­ward the rear seats. A second, stronger line runs horizontally halfway down the instrument panel. Together, they impart a sense of stability and reliability, thus reflecting two of the Mazda6’s traditional strengths. And as on the body, interior surfaces are contoured to create rich contrasts between light and shadows. This just adds to the cabin’s sophisticated sportiness.

Unsurprisingly, the driver’s side is for­ward focused and driver oriented, maxi­mising Jinba Ittai, Mazda’s unique feeling of oneness with the car.

Switches and controls are posi­tioned for optimum usability, and the symmetrical gauges (with clean white lighting replacing the current model’s red and the addi­tion of LED backlighting) inspire enthusiasm as soon as one gets behind the wheel. But despite its proximity to the cockpit, the front passenger environment engen­ders peace of mind, imparting a sense of space and well-being.

Elegant, sporty comfort

The seats, especially at the front, have a simple, contoured shape with a wrap­around sports car feel providing vertical, longitudinal or lateral support when it’s needed. Leather upholstery (perforated in the middle for better sound absorption and breathability as well as texture) comes in sporty yet warm off-white with match­ing stitching (available with Soul Red exterior paint color), or black with red stitching, which subtly shows off the rich textures and details.

Tastefully coordinated and expertly crafted, Mazda’s interior designers achieved an instantly recognisable level of high quality and harmonious elegance befitting the sporty yet distinguished exterior. Inside or out, it’s a style destined to uphold its appeal for years to come.

Colours

Soul Red Metallic, Meteor Grey Mica and Jet Black Mica: These are the three new body colours available for the all-new Mazda6. They were specially developed to provide stronger contrasts than ever, using tiny flakes of reflective pigment to produce greater differences in brightness between highlights and shaded areas. This “hard­ens” the sculpted shapes of the all-new Mazda6, enhancing its strengths by add­ing to the sharpness and solidity of the vehicle’s athletic forms – and the beauty of KODO. Two additional colours – Aluminium Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl – are also available.

Soul Red Metallic

It’s perhaps the world’s most emotionally appealing red. Soul Red Metallic is about pure energy, combining highlights, shade and depth in ways that emphasise the dynamic body shapes of the Mazda6 and its sportiness.

How? Through the use of two different base colour coats with different functions. Depending on the angle of view, there is a significant change in the hue between illuminated and shaded areas. This unique colour also responds exquisitely to more subtle intermediate levels of light, height­ening the impact of the Mazda6’s refined appearance.

Normally, a body is painted in two differ­ent coats: a colour and a clear coat. With only one coloured coat, however, there is always a trade-off between vividness and a colour’s contrast and depth. To make Soul Red Metallic, Mazda used two base colour coats under the clear coat, each with different functions. The lower base coat, with exceptionally bright aluminium flakes, serves as a reflective layer. These flakes are arranged as horizontally as possible to reflect strong light. The upper base coat, meanwhile, is a semi-translucent layer with high-chroma (meaning very intense) red pigment. Light shines through the upper base coat, arriving at the lower coat with a red tint, where the aluminium flakes reflect the light back through the high-chroma red layer.

As a result, strongly illuminated areas of the Mazda6 appear in a deep, intensive red that, like the sun, appear to radiate from within. Shaded areas, in contrast, appear blackish. This wide contrast range, with unprecedented levels of chroma or vividness along with extraordinary depth, is what makes Soul Red Metallic such a breakthrough.

The fully robotic system used to apply the paint is specially programmed for Soul Red Metallic to ensure the utmost in pre­cision and quality as well as a consistent coat over the entire car. The innovative combination of materials in the paint and its meticulous application are what enable Mazda to achieve such an emotionally appealing result. And the Soul Red Metallic technology is even compatible with Mazda’s environmentally-friendly Three Layer Wet Paint System. While being considerate to the environment, this exclu­sive paint program – called TAKUMINURI*– enables vehicles to be painted in Soul Red Metallic with an extraordinary level of craftsmanship, quality and precision: as if painted by a skilled craftsman. No tradeoffs. No compromises. Just like the Mazda6.

* From “Takumi” (skilled craftsman) and “Nuri” (painting), Takuminuri

refers to the unique painting technology used for Soul Red Metallic

4 COMFORT, FUNCTIONALITY & EQUIPMENT–COMFORTABLY IN CONTROL

The intensely competitive CD segment is crucial for automakers. It’s the segment where the cars are built that best personify the essence of a brand – and thus its reputation. At Mazda, that means Sustainable Zoom-Zoom driv­ing fun and efficiency together with the Jinba Ittai feeling of oneness between car and driver. Engineers therefore set out to evolve these qualities to a new level on the all-new Mazda6, making the cabin of Mazda’s flagship more pleasant to be in than ever. A place where the one behind the wheel is in complete control, for a driving experience that lingers long after the drive is over.

The all-new Mazda6 packaging concept posed several challenges for the car’s designers. One was to realise a spacious, comfortable cabin that is in perfect harmony with the “KODO – Soul of Motion” design theme while at the same time crafting a highly functional interior that contrasts with the cabin’s low, compact rear-leaning appearance. And as a Mazda, it needed to be intuitively functional, featuring an ergonom­ically refined human machine interface (HMI) that allows the driver to focus on the road and lets passengers relax and enjoy the ride.

The car’s exterior dimensions worked to their advantage: The all-new Mazda6 se­dan has the longest wheelbases in its segment (2,830 mm) and is also one of the longest overall (4,865 mm). The ample dimensions – larger than the current model in virtually every way – provide a solid foundation for extraordinary interior comfort.

Space to stretch

Customers will be delighted with all the space in the all-new Mazda6. It features the most rear legroom in the segment and are also at or near the top of the class in terms of front shoulder room as well as rear knee clearance.

Engineers did more than just make things bigger, however, cleverly focusing on the little details, too. Like improving foot room for front occupants by eliminating edges around the centre console, and widening the opening underneath the front seats for those in the back. Innova­tive shapes used for the A-pillars, which have been pushed back 100 mm from the front axle relative to the current model, ease getting in and out of the front seats while at the same time improving the car’s structural integrity.

Obviously, the seats are a fundamental component of the driver-car relationship. Mazda has thus come up with all-new lightweight seats for its all-new genera­tion of vehicles, featuring a new seat structure for better comfort, improved rigidity and more lateral support, regard­less of a person’s size.

Their body-fitting properties include a hip support plate and modified surface shape with leaner seatbacks, which also open up more room in the back. The rear seats, too, offer enhanced support and comfort, with a longer cushion (+20 mm), higher seat­back (+36 mm), and a 60 mm wider rear armrest.

Comfortable cockpit

Once seated behind the wheel, the HMI fuses the car into an extension of its driv­er. The all-new Mazda6 is equipped with the furthest evolved HMI setup yet, put­ting the driver in the optimum position to make the vehicle do precisely what he or she wants. The driver’s seat is there­fore equipped with elaborate 8-way power adjustment functionality – a movement range of 260 mm front-to-back, 50 mm lift and 30 mm tilt, and and 98 degree recline – for the easiest access possible to key driving-related components. Because it keeps the driver’s right heel on the floor, the new hinged organ-type accelerator pedal enables better and more comfortable control as well as a faster braking reac­tion. The steering wheel based paddle shift­er on automatic models ensure opti­mal – but not accidental – access.

The entire cockpit layout in the all-new Mazda6 was conceived to promote simple and accurate recognition of controls and indicators. Driver management informa­tion, such as fuel consumption, tempera­ture and trip distance, are clearly shown on a 3.5-inch multi-information display in the main instrument cluster, while other data (e.g. from the audio) appear on the 5.8-inch touch­screen** in the centre stack. The position of the latter has even been raised to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.

Always on top of things

Stress-free control and a fun, safe drive obviously necessitate a good overview of the surround­ings and cockpit alike. With this in mind, Mazda6 designers made sure the driver would have a con­tinuous field of view – front, side and rear – with minimal blind spots. The rearward position of the cabin and A-pillars increases the driver’s horizontal viewing angle by 5.4 degrees on the driver’s side and 4.2 degrees on the front passenger side. This makes cornering easier and safer.

The location of the A-pillars also improves the driver’s vertical viewing angle, mak­ing it easier to see children or objects as short as 70 cm at intersections (Current Mazda6 = 78 cm). The driver’s visibility is further enhanced by mounting the side mirrors directly to the door with gaps between them and the A-pillars. Again, this is particularly benefi­cial when at or approaching intersections.

Because convenience is essential to driving pleasure, the all-new Mazda6 comes with an array of functional storage oppor­tunities. Engineers divided the cabin into storage zones, incorporating customer feedback about the current model. Logi­cally, priority was given to places for items used most by the driver (such as the cen­tre console tray, floor console cupholders and front door pockets), which are situated to be visible and accessible with only slight movement. Even the glovebox was optimised with a side rather than central locking system, so it’s easier for the driver to reach. And each door can now hold a 1-litre PET bottle.

Back in the boot

For bigger cargo, the boot open­ing on the all-new Mazda6 sedan is larger than the current model’s, while the shape of the wagon’s liftgate was also optimised. As a result, the outstanding luggage 489 l capacity is that much easier to get at.

The 60:40 split rear seats fold into a flexible flat cargo area – a simple procedure using the levers located on each side of the boot.

Infotainment to go

The 6-speaker infotainment system offerings in the all-new Mazda6 include a USB iPod® connection, USB port and AUX jack. Bluetooth® has been upgraded and now features replay, shuffle and folder-switching functions. The mail function enables messages received by a Bluetooth®-connected smartphone to show up on the centre console display and be read out by an automated voice.

Noise suppression technology and voice recognition functions have also been improved considerably. Download up to 1,000 address book entries into the mo­bile phone system and call instantly by voice command, since there’s no longer the need to voice register each individual entry. Even certain audio functions (like changing music tracks or radio stations) can be operated via verbal commands.

And to ensure a comfortable cabin atmosphere without compromising on efficiency, Mazda’s engineers cut the size and power requirements of the cli­mate control system – saving fuel and improving vehicle performance – while at the same time delivering excellent heating and display. And they can even be cooling, and enhancing air flow.

Mazda6 Soul_Red Side styling

5 POWERTRAINS – A CELEBRATION OF DRIVING

When it introduced full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY on the Mazda CX-5, Mazda overcame SUV shortcomings to achieve the most “car-like” performing sport utility available. Now the SKYACTIV line-up makes its debut in the premium image CD segment. With less weight, a lower centre of gravity and low rolling resistance tires, the all-new Mazda6 gets even more from its SKYACTIV engines and transmissions. For uncompromising linearity and responsiveness, and an unforgettable Zoom-Zoom driving experience, exceptional fuel efficiency included. Sporty yet civilised, as the Mazda6 should be, and Mazda’s most advanced flagship ever.

Always a brisk, sporty performer, the all-new Mazda6 is a step ahead with the SKYACTIV powertrains lurking at its heart. Ready to fulfil the driver’s every wish, the new 2.5-litre powerful SKYACTIV engine efficiently provide power to the front wheels via a six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission.

Standard efficiency for all

Press the accelerator, and the car re­sponds immediately and with precision to the amount of pressure put on the pedal, delivering strong yet refined linear acceleration. The engines even sound good: Mazda engineers tuned the intake and exhaust to eliminate undesirable high-frequency sounds while maintaining the vibrant low-frequency band.

So the all-new Mazda6 is as quiet as a re­fined CD sedan should be at con­stant cruising speeds, erupting into a truly exciting resonance when accelerating. Mazda’s i-stop idle-stop system and the company’s brand-new i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system work in perfect harmony. Together with SKYACTIV powertrains and the lightweight yet rigid SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis, they contribute to the Mazda6’s superb fuel economy and CO2 emissions. At Mazda, efficiency applies to all variants – and with no compromise on performance.

Powerful petrol performance

The all-new SKYACTIV-G 2.5, the largest and most powerful SKYACTIV engine to date, was designed for maximum perfor­mance. In fact, this level of out­put – 138 kW / 185 PS at 5,700 rpm and 250 Nm at 3,250 rpm – would seem more at home in a high-end vehicle segment.

Top performance from the direct injection petrol-powered SKYACTIV-G 2.5 is a given throughout the rpm range, propelling the all-new Mazda6 from 0 to 100 km/h in only 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 223 km/h.

Mazda overcame the NVH issues associ­ated with this brawnier engine by adopt­ing a balance shaft to offset vibration. So it’s even quieter than the smaller SKYACTIV-G 2.0. The numerous similari­ties between the engines include an ultra-high compression ratio combined with a special exhaust manifold setup, enhanced fuel spray characteristics and much more to deliver exceptional low and mid-range torque for a petrol engine along with fuel efficiency that’s just as impressive. In the combined cycle, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 uses 6.3 l/100 km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 148 g/km.

Smooth, linear shifting

The highly-refined six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmis­sion available for all Mazda6 engine variants is extremely well-balanced, delivering remarkably smooth shifting along with the direct feel of a manual. New control technology enables an interactive response to driver input at the accelerator pedal. That means a quicker reaction than ever to changing torque demands and better control over downshifting. The SKYACTIV-MT, meanwhile, brings the sporty, direct manual shifting of the legendary MX-5 roadster to the company’s latest flagship. Both contribute to the outstanding fuel economy of the all-new Mazda6.

SKYACTIV-G: Direct-injection petrol technology for today

Highlights:

■ A range of naturally-aspirated four cylinder engines with unusually high com­pression – for extraordinary power, fuel-efficiency and low to mid-range torque.

■ A 4-2-1 exhaust system utilising an extended manifold structure to reduce the amount of residual exhaust gas in the combustion chamber, thus helping:

›› prevent knocking (abnormal combustion)

›› reduce vibrations

■ Multi-hole injectors with six nozzles enhance fuel spray for more efficient combustion and improved cooling, which also help prevent knocking.

■ A special piston cavity reduces cooling losses.

■ Dual S-VT (sequential valve timing) optimises air intake and exhaust valve timing according to engine operating conditions, minimising pumping losses.

■ Standard i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system and i-stop idle-stop system.

SKYACTIV-Drive: The direct, linear response automatic

Highlights:

■ Extremely well balanced fuel-saving six-speed automatic offers smooth, re­fined shifting and the direct feel of a manual transmission, also combining the benefits of the various types of au­tomatics available:

›› Better shift response, faster down­shifting and easier starts than a dual-clutch transmission

›› Smoother, more comfortable shift­ing than dual-clutch or conventional torque converter transmissions

›› Better fuel economy than a CVT at high speeds and a torque converter unit at low speeds with a more direct feel than either at any speed

■ New kickdown switch prevents undesir­able downshifting using a kickdown de­tent to increase resistance at a certain position in the accelerator pedal stroke:

›› Thereby telling the driver when a kickdown is imminent

›› Driver can avoid unwelcome down­shifts by easing off pressure on the pedal (so the SKYACTIV-Drive does not shift before all available torque is used)

›› Or, conversely, use added pres­sure to initiate a downshift (so the SKYACTIV-Drive shifts sooner to im­mediately deliver the desired torque) … putting the driver in absolute control.

■ Features paddle shifters as well as a more user-friendly gear shift knob and gate that’s especially satisfying when going from “D” into manual shift mode (“M”).

İ-ELOOP: Mazda’s unique brake energy regeneration system

The all-new Mazda6 is the first production model to adopt Mazda’s fuel-saving i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system. Short for “Intelligent Energy Loop”, i-ELOOP is the first such passenger car sys­tem in the world to utilise a capacitor to store recovered electricity to power the vehi­cle’s electrical systems.

One issue that has thus far hindered the effectiveness of regenerative braking is the limited charging and power storage potential of the lead acid starter batteries typically used in automobiles.

Mazda engineers therefore painstakingly analysed everyday driving conditions, fo­cusing on the recurring cycle of deceler­ation and acceleration. Determining that a typical deceleration phase lasts only about 10 seconds, they adopted an electric double-layer capacitor (EDLC) rather than a dedicated battery to quickly capture and temporarily store electricity. The sys­tem uses a 12V-25V variable voltage alter­nator to efficiently generate power from the moment the accelerator is released, fully charging the EDLC in as little as 7-10 seconds – well within a single decel­eration cycle. Another benefit of EDLCs is that they can be recharged again and again with minimal deterioration – unlike the lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles.

After recharging, the DC/DC converter steps down the voltage of the electricity in the EDLC to 12V to power components like the climate control and audio sys­tems. Any surplus electricity goes to the starter battery. A full capacitor charge is enough to run the vehicle’s electrical systems for approximately a minute, de­pending on driving conditions. i-ELOOP is therefore the perfect companion for i-stop, since there is no need to revert to battery power even when Mazda’s idle-stop system has shut the car off (at a traf­fic light, for example). During stop-and-go city driving, charging often resumes be­fore the capacitor is fully discharged. As a result, i-ELOOP can produce most if not all of a vehicle’s electricity needs, free­ing up engine output normally required to drive the alternator. i-ELOOP thereby improves fuel economy under everyday urban driving conditions.

İ-stop: For all new-generation Mazdas

i-stop is Mazda’s innovative, intelligent idle-stop system. Standard equipment on the all-new Mazda6, it’s the only idle-stop system available that uses combustion energy for the restart. In addition to saving fuel, this enables the fastest restarts in the industry: 0.35 seconds.

i-stop uses a sophisticated control mod­ule to switch off the engine in the ignition/expansion stroke (petrol), the optimal cycles for re­starting. In fact, i-stop actually waits for the moment the cylinders are in the ideal restart position. And this all takes merely a spilt second. And in the meantime, Mazda drivers and passengers can still use the vehicle’s electric-powered systems. It’s another component of Sustainable Zoom-Zoom, Mazda’s commitment to minimising the environmental impact of its vehicles – with no compromises.

6 CHASSIS & BODY – Predictably responsive, solidly lightweight, reassuringly Mazda

Genuine Zoom-Zoom fun is per­haps best described by a typical driving situation: decelerating into a winding curve, maneuvering through it and accelerat­ing out again. The engineers who developed the SKYACTIV-Chassis and SKYACTIV-Body for the all-new Mazda6 were aiming to make this experience as exhil­arating as possible.

Their efforts paid off with evolved sporty handling – agile yet stable – that puts the driver in absolute control of the car. The lightweight yet highly rigid body only serves to support the strengths of its advanced powertrains while providing occupants with segment-leading crash protection. It’s a new dimension of driving pleasure perceptible after only 100 meters, and a feeling that will endure for tens of thousands of kilometers to come.

Mazda has striven in recent years to bal­ance the fundamentally contradictory characteristics of refined, supple motion and light, agile motion. To enhance the linear connection between the driver and basic vehicle functions like accelerating, turning and stopping. To turn the car into an extension of its driver. So Mazda took the SKYACTIV-Chassis first introduced on the Mazda CX-5 – an SUV with unprecedented passenger-car handling – and optimised it for the longer wheelbase, lighter weight, lower centre of gravity and low rolling resistance tires of its CD-segment flagship.

Reliable responsiveness

The all-new Mazda6 offers a fertile foundation indeed for the SKYACTIV-Chassis: From the exceptional low to me­dium speed agility and high-speed straight-line stability, the SKYACTIV-Chassis always delivers a faithful response to steering input from the driver. Road feedback is immediate, with gently increasing roll so that no steering adjustment is required in a curve. Yet, befit­ting for Mazda’s top model, oc­cupants can enjoy a relaxing, comfortable drive regardless of distance.

The column-type electric power assist steering system features a class-leading 14.2 gear ratio for agile steering without having to change hand positions on the steering wheel. This makes winding roads more fun and urban driving less tiresome. A range of sensors, meanwhile, feed data to the system, which it uses to ad­just steering sensitivity for nimbleness at lower speeds while suppressing distur­bances for better stability on rough roads and at high speeds. The larger caster angle on the front wheels also supports high-speed stability.

Finely-tuned suspension

A key “link” in the agility-stability balance, the Mazda6’s rear multi-link suspension also ensures the superior ride comfort obligatory in this segment. Mazda found the best possible combination between rear suspension link positions and bushing characteristics to deliver more grip, raising the shock absorber mounts to reduce rear suspension impacts. This also prevents the back of the vehicle from rising when braking. The rear dampers are inclined to better absorb vibrations, while the front and rear cross members were redesigned to enhance rigidity while also reducing their weight. The SKYACTIV-Chassis on the all-new Mazda6 is thus lighter than the current model’s. As for stopping, the added chassis stability reduces braking distances. The shorter brake pedal stroke also helps, giving the driver better control, as does the optimised cooling of the brake disks. As a result, the all-new Mazda6 brakes more consistently than ever in all situations, with segment-leading stopping distances.

SKYACTIV strength

SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is clearly about achieving the best possible balances, and the SKYACTIV-Body is no exception. Just like the SKYACTIV-Chassis, the fo­cus here was to boost strength and stiff­ness while shedding kilograms. High and ultra-high tensile steels accomplish both, so Mazda uses them on 20 % more of the body by weight than the current model. Other measures include the highly rigid injection-moulded foam filling used to strengthen body joints without adding structural members, cutting door weight for example by 15 %. Even the glass on the windscreen and tailgate weighs less.

The all-new Mazda6 is therefore lighter yet has 30 % and 45 % more torsional rigidity, respectively, than the current se­dan and wagon. In fact, the sedan kerb weight of 1,305 kg is amongst the lightest in their segment, more aerodynamic with a target drag coefficient of as little as 0.26.

While lighter, sleeker bodies support better handling and fuel economy – cornerstones of Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom strategy – stiffer bodies are, of course, safer. Especially in combination with impact-absorbing structural modifi­cations to disperse crash energy outside the cabin along load paths and by replacing curved structures with straight, continu­ous sections wherever possible (see chapter 7 for more details).

NVH – Uniquely peaceful

Mazda was clearly aiming to make the cabin on its new flagship as tranquil as possible, minimising noise, vibration and harshness. To do so, engineers adopted the pathway blockage and absorption concepts successfully implemented on the Mazda CX-5 to shelter the cabin from road and engine noise. The results are perhaps even more impressive on the all-new Mazda6.

Engine noise

■ Vibration-curbing balance shaft.

■ Engine mounts re-engineered to limit vibration during ignition.

■ New lightweight materials utilised behind the dash and on the floor to absorb undesirable engine noise, sup­pressing for example even more high-frequency acceleration-related noise than in the CX-5 while retaining an exciting low-frequency engine sound during acceleration.

Road noise

■ The controlled resonance between chassis and body components stifles vibrations from the road for a pleasant cabin sound without any noise “peaks”.

■ Tires were chosen for their comfort and noise attributes (in addition to grip, sta­bility and braking properties).

■ The coverage of sound-damping mate­rials was optimised for effectiveness as well as a 9 % weight reduction.

Other noise

■ A sound-insulating middle layer was added to the windscreen to reduce wind noise and weather strips inserted on the door shells to improve the glass seal.

■ The anti-noise mechanism in the brakes was enhanced using computer analysis.

■ Noise travelling into the cabin from the sedan boot was limited by reducing the gaps in the rear deck.

Conclusion:

The cabin in the all-new Mazda6 is on par with the best in the segment on all kinds of road surfaces.

Aerodynamics – A cutting-edge

The primary aerodynamic concept guiding designers of the all-new Mazda6 was to minimise drag by enhancing the shape of the floor to strike the best possible balance be­tween underfloor and upper body airflow.

Mazda used covers for the engine base and centre floor, among other things, along with extended front tire deflec­tors to smoothen airflow underneath the car. The main exhaust silencer also helps improve aerodynamics by guiding the flow of air upwards. The roof angle (and D-pillar angle on the wagon) along with the spoilers, meanwhile, were also optimised. And the all-new Mazda6 is, in fact, as aerodynamic as it looks. The remarkably low drag coefficient, with a target cd val­ues of 0.26, are among the lowest in the segment. This only helps to further im­prove high-speed stability and, of course, fuel economy.

Sustainable Zoom-Zoom: more than just talk

In this day and age, even fun cars need to be environmentally friendly. That’s why Mazda put the “Sustainable” into Sustainable Zoom-Zoom. Sustainable Zoom-Zoom is a building block strategy focused on significantly improving vehi­cle efficiency, firstly by developing base technology – see SKYACTIV – and then successively adding auxiliary systems like i-stop and i-ELOOP (see chapter 5) to achieve ambitious fuel economy objectives. Mazda meticulously examines every structure and material on a vehicle to eliminate every possible gram.

Recyclability is also an important issue. Today, 80 % (by weight) of the materials used to manufacture cars are already re­cycled. These are mostly metals like iron and aluminium, so Mazda is looking at the remaining 20 % – primarily plastics and glass – and developing initiatives to make these components easier to identify and dismantle.

For example, the company uses recycling-friendly polypropylene, a thermoplastic resin, on the all-new Mazda6’s front and rear bumper, instrument panel and trim. And it’s also phasing out harmful materials, eliminating lead, cadmium and chromium hexavalent on all new Mazdas.

Mazda’s lifecycle assessment process con­firms that it has successfully reduced the Mazda6’s emissions of CO2, a greenhouse gas, as well as nitrogen and sulphur ox­ides (NOx and SOx), which cause acid rain. Mazda is also working to cut the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in its vehicle interiors and was the first auto­maker to adopt low-VOC sealants, paints and adhesives for the cabin. It all proves how seriously Mazda is committed to minimising its environmental impact – with no compromises.

7 SAFETY – HIGH-TECH GUARDIANS

At Mazda, safety is an integral element of driving pleasure and Sustainable Zoom-Zoom. In fact, the company’s Proactive Safety philosophy sets it apart with a range of safety features that help drivers under a wide range of conditions. In the all-new Mazda6, as with all new gen­eration Mazdas, safety is driver focused. Rather than simply letting systems inter­vene and take over control of the vehicle, Mazda’s concept is to give drivers extra “eyes”, enabling them to be more aware of their surroundings and more alert to hazards at all times. With the latest in active safety technology, drivers of the all-new Mazda6 are much better able to proactively avert accidents. And when one is unavoidable, the car provides maximum protection to occupants and pedestrians alike, in many cases even limiting vehicle damage. The car becomes an extension of its driver, also when it comes to safety, for an appropriately satisfying driving experience.

Proactively alert

And for vehicles travelling directly behind the Mazda flagship, there’s the Emergency Stop Signal, which rapidly flashes the four-way hazard lights during heavy braking from speeds of at least 50 km/h. It switches on the hazards at nor­mal frequency, too, at 10 km/h or less to notify other drivers when the vehicle is about to stop. The all-new Mazda6 is also equipped with Hill Launch Assist, which controls brake pressure for smooth hill starts, and of course all the latest generation of automated vehicle safety systems, including ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, brake assist, dynamic stability control and traction control. And with a cockpit and human machine interface (HMI) designed to en­hance visibility, the driver is in the perfect position to take full advantage of these systems. Clearly there’s no such thing as 100 % security, and all this active safety technol­ogy won’t necessarily help drivers prevent every accident. But should one occur, the all-new Mazda6 was designed to provide the utmost in occupant protection.

In a safer place

Passive safety – what counts dur­ing an accident – starts with the SKYACTIV-Body. Lightweight but rigid thanks among other things to all the high-tensile steels (see chapter 6), it efficiently absorbs impacts from all directions and/or disperses crash energy to keep cabin deformation to a minimum.

Frontal impact forces, for example, are absorbed by crush cans in the engine compartment and channeled through the SKYACTIV-Body’s multi-load paths. To create a larger crumple zone, the front suspension cross-members are designed to detach from their mount­ings. And milder frontal collisions (up to 15 km/h) are absorbed by easy-to-replace bolted-on parts, preventing damage to the front frame and engine components. This makes subsequent repairs far more economical.

Side impact safety is taken care of by Mazda’s “triple-H” cage structure around the cabin, which has been strengthened by linking roof members, B-pillars and underbody members in uninterrupted ring structures. While added spot welds hold these structures together at the joints for greater shock resistance, the size, shapes and strength of pillars and bars were enhanced to prevent the cab­in from deforming. The B-pillars and door impact bars, for example, are made from ultra-high tensile steel.

And to help protect occupants by absorb­ing and dispersing crash energy during a rear-end collision, Mazda improved the cross-sectional shape of the rear frame, joining it to the B-frame and straighten­ing underbody members. Designers were able to limit the protrusion of the rear bumper by giving it an innovative rein­forcing cross shape, which can absorb more force over a shorter crumple space. The all-new Mazda6 thus delivers world-class safety with no need to compromise on the KODO design’s beauty.

Ingeniously secure inside

The interior, too, is built for better-than-ever occupant pro­tection. That’s why interior components and trim were redesigned. Improvements in­clude front and rear door arm­rests that split during a side impact to soften contact with occupants. High-tensile steel, meanwhile, was added to the rear seatback and its connections and mounts strengthened to re­inforce cabin integrity and pre­vent luggage intrusion.

Mazda advanced the anti-whiplash design of the front seats with reinforced head rests, seatbacks and seat lifters to restrict movement and rotation of the head, chest and hips during an accident. Shear and tensile loads on the neck are as a result among the best in the segment for front occupants of the all-new Mazda6. And the optimised seats are still comfortable, also weighing less than those in the current model.

In addition to standard front, side and cur­tain airbags, the front seatbelts combine pretensioners to tighten the belts dur­ing a frontal accident and load limiters to avoid excessive pressure on the chest. The smallest passengers also get the best pos­sible protection, thanks to ISOFIX connec­tions with top tether anchors for quick and secure child seat installation.

Protecting those outside

While steadily improving automobile safety has led to a sharp decline in occupant deaths over the past decades, the proportion of pedestrian fatalities has grown. Reflecting this, EuroNCAP rat­ings now incorporate stricter criteria for pedestrian impacts.

Always striving to stay ahead of the game, Mazda adopted several measures to bet­ter protect pedestrians. These include bonnet hinges that yield downwards (ver­tically) to help prevent head injuries, but without diminishing their longitudinal (or horizontal) strength, which inhibits the bonnet from moving back towards the cabin. The low bonnet on the all-new Mazda6 makes it difficult to build in deep enough crumple zones above the front suspension towers, so Mazda used a special material here along with a new structure for the fender brackets. As a result, they crush during an accident to absorb the impact from a pedestrian, yet still resist deformation if leaned upon.

The body cowl was also optimised to soften any blows to the head, improv­ing NVH at the same time within the limited space available. Finally, the energy-absorbing foam used on the front bum­per reinforcing member better protects pedestrian legs, with a “stiffener” added to stop the legs from becoming trapped underneath the car. And since all these features are hidden, they don’t detract from the Mazda6’s good looks.

It all adds up to world-class crash safety, proven by the exhaustive testing under­taken on the all-new Mazda6. Mazda went the extra mile, subjecting its flagship to a wider range of collision situations than regulations require, including side and offset front and rear impacts. The new model should therefore comply with even the most stringent crash test safety rating criteria around the world.

8 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – THE ALL-NEW MAZDA6

Dimensions

Doors 4

Seating capacity 5

Drag coefficient Cd 0.26

Boot

Volume all seats up l 489**

Load floor length to 1st row mm 1,961

Load floor length to 2nd row mm 1,190

** Including sub-trunk

Exterior

Overall length

with/without number plate holder mm 4,870 / 4,865

Overall width mm 1,840

Overall width (mirror to mirror) mm 2,113

Overall height mm 1,450

Wheelbase mm 2,830

Overhang front

with/without number plate holder mm 955 / 950

Overhang rear mm 1,085

Track front mm 1,595 (19” tires)

Track rear mm 1,585 (19” tires)

Ground clearance mm 165

Interior

Front headroom (with sunroof) mm 950

Rear headroom mm 942

Front shoulder room mm 1,450

Rear shoulder room mm 1,410

Front legroom mm 1,073

Rear legroom mm 984

ENGINES

SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Petrol

Engine type In-line 4-cylinder
DOHC, 16-valve

Displacement cm3 2,488

Bore x stroke mm 89.0 x 100.0

Camshaft drive Timing chain

Fuel injection system Direct injection

Compression ratio 13 : 1

Emission control system Three-way catalyst

Max. power (at rpm) PS 185 at 5,700

Max. torque (at rpm) Nm 250 at 3,250

Recommended fuel type 95 RON

Fuel tank Capacity l 62

Engine oil Capacity l 5.4

TRANSMISSION – SKYACTIV-DRIVE

SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Petrol

Transmission type 6-speed automatic

Powertrain FWD

Gear ratios

1st 3.552

2nd 2.022

3rd 1.452

4th 1.000

5th 0.708

6th 0.599

Reverse 3.893

Final drive ratio 4.056

SUSPENSION AND WHEELS

Front suspension MacPherson strut

Rear suspension Multi-link

Stabilisers mm 23/15

Damper type (front & rear) Twin tube

Wheel size 19 x 7.5 J

Tire size 225/45R19

STEERING

Steering Rack and pinion

Power assist type Electric power Assist

Steering wheel turns (lock to lock) 2.57

Turning circle (kerb to kerb) m 5.6

Turning circle (wall to wall) m 6.0

Brakes

Type front Ventilated discs

Type rear Solid discs

Diameter front mm 297

Diameter rear mm 278

Vacuum booster diameter inches 9

Performance and Weight – Mazda6 Sedan: SKYACTIV-G & SKYACTIV-DRIVE

SKYACTIV-G

2.5 Petrol with i-ELOOP

Transmission type 6-speed automatic

Performance

Top speed km/h 223

Acceleration 0-100 km/h** secs 7.8

Fuel consumption***

Urban l/100 km 8.5

Extra urban l/100 km 5.0

Combined l/100 km 6.3

CO2 emissions (combined) g/km 148

Emissions class Euro 5

Weight and payload

Min. kerb weight (without driver) kg 1,360

Min. kerb weight**** kg 1,435

Max. permissible weight kg 2,000

Permissible front axle weight kg 1,075

Permissible rear axle weight kg 1,025

** Under Mazda test conditions

*** According to EC 715/2007

**** Including 75 kg driver

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