A Closer Look at the All-new Mazda6

By: Evander Klum

The Mazda6 model range could be one of the most exciting new vehicle models that were unveiled at the recent 2007 International Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, IAA) in Frankfurt. Ford Motor Company's Japanese affiliate automaker unveiled three model variants of the Mazda6 at IAA Frankfurt including the Mazda6 sedan, Mazda6 wagon, and Mazda6 hatchback, all equipped with a host of standard and available features inside and out.

The second generation Mazda6 models represent the Japanese automaker's Zoom Zoom design characteristics. All body styles are now 65 mm longer, 15 mm wider, and 5 mm taller. Sedan and hatchback variants feature a longer wheelbase of about 50 mm. According to Mazda6's Chief designer, Youichi Sato, the design theme of the vehicle is "Bold and Exquisite". He also said: "Japanese aesthetics give new Mazda6 its unique visual identity. Rather than being derived from traditional sculpted forms, it stands apart from its rivals by straightforwardly expressing the Japanese aesthetic sense to embody a new and advanced character."

Some exterior highlights of all Mazda6 models include flowing curves and prominent edges from the front end through the fenders, coupe style silhouette, and six side-window cabin design. Mazda6 models also features the best aerodynamic components in the segment. Mazda described the driving dynamics of the Mazda6 as "Driving performance that creates oneness between the car and driver." This can be achieved by providing excellent steering, handling, and brake performance. The car is equipped with a new horseshoe shaped air deflectors on the front wheels and other aero parts to ensure maximum grip.

Inside, Mazda6 models not only offer quality interior amenities and materials, but also a wide range of information and entertainment in-car systems. In addition, Mazda6 models are also equipped with functional and practical features. Interior highlights include Mazda's Karakuri rear seat system (hatchback and estate), a one-touch seat-drop function from a latch in the boot panel, all-new boot tonneau cover for the estate that automatically moves up when the rear liftgate is opened, independent air temperature controls, optional advanced keyless entry system with engine start-stop button, BOSE premium sound system with eight speakers, CF-Net (Cross Functional Network), Bluetooth hands-free mobile-phone interface, and driver's seat armrest with adjustable front-back slider mechanism. Moreover the Mazda6 also provides the best protection for its occupants during car troubles. The Mazda6 comes with a host of active and passive safety equipments like the large disc brakes, anti lock braking system (ABS), DSC, electronic traction control, brake assist, Mazda's stiff and strong Triple-H body shell, new Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), new parking sensor, extensive field of vision, Mazda first active headrest, crushable brake and clutch pedals, and High-rigidity Mazda Advanced Impact energy Distribution and Absorption System.

Under the hood of the Mazda6 comes a wide range of powertrain options, depending on the customer's preference. Mazda offers the new MZR 2.5-litre petrol engine with a bigger bore and a longer stroke, and produces 170 PS. Customers can also choose the 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engine variants, as well as the MZR-CD 2.0 turbo diesel engine. All engines are coupled with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. is also included to reduce harmful exhaust emissions.

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