The current Mazda6 has been on sale here since January 2008. It competes in a very competitive segment with some major names like Passat, Avensis and Mondeo. Yet, it has established itself as a credible and alternativee choice for customers.
Now Mazda are introducing a 2010 model Mazda6 with an entry level price of €26,485 (ex-works ), and the Irish distributor says “ The new design offers an even more sophisticated appearance”.
It claims to offer a sportier exterior with a higher quality interior. Mazda further says that ride comfort, handling and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH ) have been greatly improved.
Mazda tells us that it is available in four specification grades: Executive, Executive SE, Sport and Z-Sport.
Power improvements to the new Mazda6 include an enhanced diesel engine. The 2.2L diesel engine is now available in 129 and 180 bhp power outputs. The 129 bhp version now has a smaller turbo charger that reduce turbine inertia to enhance response and optimise torque. It also offers lower CO2 emissions and it now falls into Road Tax Band B at an annual fee of €156.
The Mazda6 has a Euro NCAP rating of five stars which the new Mazda6 has inherited. New safety features include Emergency Stop Signal (ESS ) which warns cars behind of sudden braking manoeuvres by automatically flashing the hazard lights rapidly. In addition standard safety equipment on all models includes dynamic stability control (DSC ), traction control, ABS with EBD, and front, side and curtain airbags.
Finally, fuel economy has improved by about 7 per cent, while performance has been improved at the same time.