New 2013 Mazda6 revealed

The attractive saloon gets an all-new look for 2013 based on a new design direction for the Japanese manufacturer.

There are hints of the new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV in the design thanks to its shared origins in the ‘Kodo’ design language Mazda introduced in 2010.

This includes new bonnet creases, LED lights at the front and a new ‘Soul Red’ body colour introduced for the first time on a Mazda vehicle.

Under the aesthetic changes, Mazda has focused on making the Mondeo and Insignia-rival as fun to drive as possible, taking cues from the likes of the Mazda MX-5 sports car to reduce weight and improve handling.

This means the 4.8-metre saloon should feel like a smaller car on the road and, thanks to Mazda’s new Skyactiv technology, it should be cheaper to run as well.

Skyactiv is the name given to Mazda’s new petrol and diesel engine technology. The brand has shunned electric and hybrid options in its pursuit of more frugal and efficient combustion engines and the results are impressive.

Mazda has managed to bring down emissions significantly on its Mazda2 and Mazda3 models and the same can be expected of the new, as-yet-unnamed engines for the new Mazda6.

However, with the Mazda CX-5 SUV offering sub-120g/km of CO2 emissions, it is likely the new Mazda6 will be one of the greenest saloons on the market.

Mazda plans to introduce new technology to the car as well, with multimedia touch screens, new navigation and audio systems and safety kit that will stop the car if it detects objects in the way at lower speeds.

While the model revealed this week is a Russian-spec version, Mazda is expected to replace its current large family car with a new Mazda6 in 2013.

The current Mazda6 is priced from £18,000 from Perrys Mazda dealerships.