Offering a clear differentiation from the outgoing car, the new Mazda6 adopts a fresh frontal design focused around a revised grille, which has the mesh positioned deeper within the surround to create a more sophisticated and muscular face. The intricate design of the grille is designed to help light bounce off each individual block giving it an attractively bright appearance.
The revised LED headlamps integrate signature wing tips from grille surround to underscore their predator style, and with the front fog lights now incorporated into the headlight cluster, the redesigned lower bumper features a sleeker profile and an aerodynamically efficient air intake. Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+ models also have a silver garnish moulding in the lower bumper.
The new Mazda6 features optional £800 Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint. Thanks to Mazda’s unique three-layer TAKUMINURI painting technology it increases brightness by approximately 20 per cent and depth by 50 per cent, compared to previous Soul Red Metallic paint. Both the 17-inch Gunmetal and 19-inch Bright alloy wheels feature new designs.
Mazda’s 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine makes its UK debut in the new Mazda6. With a cylinder deactivation system, this 194ps direct-injection four-cylinder engine seamlessly switches between four and two-cylinder operation to improve real-world fuel economy at no cost to performance. It’s matched exclusively to the Skyactiv-DRIVE six-speed automatic gearbox in both Saloon and Tourer models.
The Mazda6 is as sleek and aerodynamic as it looks, with the Saloon and Tourer posting drag coefficients of 0.26 and 0.28, respectively. The wing mirrors - mounted on the door shoulders – play a key role in achieving the car’s aerodynamic performance.
Rear end styling changes feature on both versions of the new Mazda6. With a goal of giving the car a wider stance and a cleaner look, the revised rear bumper features more paint coloured surfacing, while the exhaust pipes are located wider apart. In addition, on the Saloon the rear light clusters feature revised illumination that’s simplified toward a horizontal direction to align with the boot lid.
The addition of thicker floor and rear wheel housing noise insulation panels, plus body reinforcement in places where vibration can penetrate the cabin has improved refinement. New vibration absorbing material has also been added to the centre tunnel and the roof lining. A flatter underbody, plus new bumper and engine undercovers streamline airflow under the car, while ducts introduced in place of the fog lights in the front bumper create a flow of air to the front wheels improving aerodynamic performance.