Monday, December 14, 2009

Frankfurt Review: Mazda6

To answer your first question; yes, the all-new Mazda6 actually looks as good in person as it does in the press pictures that leaked into the web a week ago. We assume your next question will be about the interior. Well, its spacious, well built, it has a neat looking instrument panel but we weren’t exactly thrilled about its overall design which isn’t much of a departure from the current “6”. Also we would have liked to see larger quantities of soft-touch plastics in the cabin but ok, you can’t have it all

Design apart, the new Mazda6’s highlights include its slightly larger dimensions (65 mm longer, 15 mm wider, 5 mm taller, with a 50 mm longer wheelbase), a new 2.5L petrol engine with 170 PS and improved 1.8 and 2.0L petrol engines with improved fuel efficiency and CO 2 levels along with a 2.0 turbodiesel (140 PS). Moreover, despite being slightly larger than its predecessor, thanks to thorough weight reduction measures, Mazda announces a vehicle weight reduction of up to 35 kg or 77 lbs. And how about the US market? Well, according to Mazda’s own words, “there will be a dedicated new Mazda6, designed and engineered specifically for N. America. More information will be provided during Summer 2008”.

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