Mazda 6

The new second generation Mazda 6 was displayed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, and is now larger yet more aerodynamic than it’s predecessor that pioneered Mazda’s new Zoom-Zoom philosophy, with over 440,000 units registered in Europe so far.

The new Mazda 6 is 65mm longer, 15mm wider, 5mm taller and 50mm longer wheelbase than the first generation model. It debuts with a four engine line-up: a 120hp 1.8 litre petrol, a 147hp 2.0 litre petrol, a 170hp 2.5 litre petrol and finally a 2.0 litre turbodiesel making 140hp. The new 2.5 litre unit has been developed from the first generation’s 2.3 litre unit, with a bigger bore and longer stroke contributing to it’s increased displacement. Intake and exhaust ports have also been redesigned to be more free-flowing. Mazda engineers also focused on reducing vibration and noise levels via the use of a dual-mass damper and a flexible flywheel. Piston and conrod weight has also been reduced.

Despite being larger and slightly bulkier-looking than the previous generation, the new Mazda 6 is more aerodynamic than it’s predecessor with a drag coefficient of 0.27Cd compared to 0.30Cd for the sedan and liftback, and 0.28Cd down from 0.32Cd for the estate body variant. The steering rack uses an electric power steering with a brushless motor, improving fuel economy by approximately 2% compared to a conventional hydraulic power steering setup used by the first generation Mazda 6.

Other than the obvious new interior design, there are a few improvements in interior aesthetics. The steering wheel angle is now set at 21 degrees which is a more upright position compared to the previous model. Little things like this enhance a driver’s sense of unity with the vehicle. An advanced welcome mode turns on the panel lights in order of precedence, from lower to upper, giving the driver the impression that the car is waking up and getting ready to go. The front center armrest has an adjustable front-back mechanism to suit the driver’s elbow position.

There is also an 8-speaker BOSE premium sound system which is optional, something Cycle & Carriage could offer on the upmarket version of this new Mazda 6 in Malaysia, since Naza Kia has set a precedent of having a premium branded audio system in this market segment with the Kia Optima and it’s Infinity audio system.

The rear bench has incorporated Mazda’s Karakuri rear seat fold system wihch allows the rear bench to fold forward with a single movement. The Mazda6 also comes with n Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) feature which swivels the headlamps to shine into a corner as the car enters it.

Safety features include ABS, stability control, traction control, brake assist, 6 airbags, active headrests. and crushable brake and clutch pedals which are prevented from moving into the cabin during a frontal collision.

The press release for the new Mazda 6 also indicates this is the European model, and there also be a different North American model, designed and engineered specially for that region which will be unveiled later. Which one will Malaysia get, this European model or the upcoming yet to be revealed North American model?

More photos can be found in the previous post linked below:

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