The saloon will serve as the flagship for Mazda’s next generation product range and carries over many of the design features which made up its original concept model, called the Takeri. Both cars incorporate Mazda’s newest design theme known as ‘Kodo – Soul of Motion’.
The new Mazda6 saloon will be the second model to feature the manufacturer’s Skyactiv driving technology, following on from the Mazda CX-5 launched earlier this year.
Like the CX-5, the new Mazda6 will feature a lightweight modular chassis and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine for the UK market. This engine will offer two outputs of either 148bhp or 173bhp, and can be connected to a manual or automatic transmission.
The new Mazda6 will also be the first car to include the maker’s new brake energy regeneration device, called i-ELOOP.
This feature will recuperate kinetic energy whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator and turn it into electricity for charging onboard equipment whenever the car’s stop-start engine technology is activated.
This feature combined with the 148bhp turbodiesel will mean that the Mazda6 will emit less than 105g/km in CO2.
Following the Mazda6 saloon’s public debut at Moscow next month, an estate version of the new car will be shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this September.
The Mazda6 range is expected to go on sale in the UK during 2013 and will be available in Perry’s Mazda dealerships at Barnsley, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Portsmouth and Preston.