The second generation Mazda 6 is bigger physically, has greater power, and comes in at a few hundred dollars cheaper than its predecessor.
The model line up includes the Limited (sedan only), Classic (sedan, hatch and wagon) and Luxury (sedan and hatch) editions – all three include greater shoulder, knee and rear leg room than the prior line up.
Pricing starts at $29, 740 for the entry level six speed manual - $250 cheaper than the model it replaces.
The drivetrains across the range are maintained. The MZR 2.5 litre, four cylinder S-VT engine produces 125kW @ 6000 rpm and 226 Nm @ 4000 rpm – both figures are up marginally from generation one. A diesel version is likely but probably not until 2009.
Saftey features include Dynamic Stability Control, a Traction Control System and antilock brakes (ABS), with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist, standard on all models.
Mazda expects the new 6 to return a 5 star ANCAP rating when tested.