Mazda6 release date moved forward

Despite the new Mazda6 costing nearly five per cent more than the outgoing model, Mazda claims the 19 derivatives in the range will offer lower driving costs and in some cases, lower road tax.

Although the official release date is 1 April, petrol versions of the Mazda6 range will be delivered mid-March while the diesel models will be available in May this year.

Mazda originally intended to release saloon, hatchback and estate versions but has now announced the saloon body style will not be available within the UK. Further ‘range rationalisation’ from the manufacturer means a Sports Luxury trim is discontinued in the UK.

However, Mazda is offering S, TS, TS2 and Sport equipment levels with a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines.

For the first time, a Sport 2.0-litre petrol model with five-speed automatic transmission has been included at the top end of the range.

The updated engine range includes a new, refined 2.0-litre petrol delivering 155ps and a 2.2-litre diesel with output ranging from 129 to 180ps.

Across the engine range, fuel economy has been reduced by between 3,2 and 4.1 per cent and CO2 emissions have decreased by an average of 4.6 per cent.

Mazda claims the more frugal engines can produce savings, with some models falling into a lower road tax band. In particular, the 129ps 2.2-litre diesel offers an emissions rating of 138g/km.

Prices range from £16,990 and £23,445 for the upgraded Mazda6 range. Depending on the specification chosen, front and rear parking sensors, rear spoiler and a range of safety equipment is available with the Mazda6.