Gaining numerous premium refinements and continuing to redefine the notion that one need not compromise driving pleasure for practicality and refinement, the 2017 Mazda6 sedan and wagon model range goes on sale in Europe this autumn.
The Mazda6 has long been regarded as one of the best-handling, most engaging vehicles in its segment. Now it raises the bar once again with the company's first European application of G-Vectoring Control (GVC). GVC is the first in a series of new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission and chassis to deepen the Jinba Ittai -'horse and rider as one'- sense of connection between car and driver that differentiates Mazda vehicles from others. Based on the revolutionary idea of enhancing chassis performance with the engine, GVC is the world's first technology to adjust engine drive torque in response to steering inputs.
The 2017 Mazda6 powertrain line-up features a choice of three SKYACTIV petrol engines -145 and 165 PS variants of the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and the 192 PS SKYACTIV-G 2.5 - and two diesel units -150 and 175 PS versions of the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 - mated to automatic or manual transmissions.
The SKYACTIV-D 2.2 common-rail diesel features three new systems to raise responsiveness and reduce engine noise: High-Precision DE Boost Control enhances boost pressure control to sharpen the response to accelerator inputs; a Natural Sound Smoother uses a damper to stifle diesel knock range; and Natural Sound Frequency Control deviates engine timing to neutralise pressure waves, suppressing three critical frequency bands in which engine components typically vibrate most loudly.
This increase in engine quietness is complimented by a comprehensive improvement in sound insulation aboard the 2017 Mazda6, with the adoption of improved door seals, tighter tolerances between panels, and sound insulation materials added to the underbody, rear console, headliner and doors. Laminated front side windows further suppress wind noise.
On board, design improvements to enhance the Mazda-unique, driver-focused environment include a new steering wheel design, a new Active Driving Display (Mazda's heads-up display) now with higher resolution, full-colour graphics for greater readability in diverse light conditions, and a new 4.6-inch, full-colour TFT LCD driver's multi-information display with enriched graphics. A new, Machine Grey exterior colour is also available.
Finally, backed by outstanding passive safety levels, the 2017 Mazda6 is available with a full range of i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technologies. These include a European first; a new, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) feature which identifies No Entry and speed limit signs, providing alerts should the driver exceed the limit, and the Advanced Smart City Brake Support system (Advanced SCBS), which replaces a near-infrared laser with a forward-sensing camera, widening the system's speed range for detecting other vehicles.