2012 Mazda6 Venture Edition introduced in UK

Article by Christian A., on April 16, 2012

This spring in the UK, Mazda will be offering three ‘Venture Edition’ models of the Mazda6. These special versions, which have a starting price of £21,000 (OTR), are very stylish and offer great value for money. The three new Mazda6 Venture Edition models include petrol and diesel five-door and diesel estate models.

They are based on Mazda6 TS2 models. They come with additional equipment such as Sanyo TomTom navigation, integrated Bluetooth, half-leather seat trim and heated front seats. The exterior of the Venture Edition models are made to stand out with the Sports front grille, 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, Privacy glass and a special range of colors such as Brilliant Black and optional Crystal White Pearlescent, Black Mica or Stormy Blue Mica.

Mazda also offers Dolphin Grey Mica, which is unique to this version. The Mazda6 Venture Edition equipment upgrades and additional features are priced at just £340-to-£480 higher than the TS2 donor-cars (depending on model). Only 257 examples of the Mazda6 Venture Editions will be made, upping the exclusivity factor.

Mazda gives these vehicles a generous range of specifications. First of all, the Mazda6 Venture Edition models gain from the standard equipment level of the TS2 which features front, side and curtain airbags, rear vehicle monitoring system, front rain-sensing wipers, leather steering wheel with audio controls, six disc CD changer with Auxiliary jack and six speakers, front and rear parking sensors and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm.

Buyers also have a wide range of responsive and powerful engines to choose from. Powering the petrol hatchback Venture Edition is a 2.0-litre (155ps) MZR engine that enables the model to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 10.3 seconds and to return 40.9mpg (combined) with a 159g/km CO2 rating. For those who prefer diesel, they can opt for the 2.2-litre (163ps) MZR-CD engine that offers terrific performance.

The model could sprint to 62mph in 9.2 seconds. It has a fuel economy rating of 53.3mpg (combined cycle) and it has low emissions of 140 to 141g/km (hatchback/estate). Both models qualify for the Road Fund Licence bands E and F, while the slashed Benefit In Kind costs mean major savings.

The interior of the Mazda 6 has been redesigned in a way that the materials used have been refined to give it a more luxurious feel. An example of this is the chrome detailing that has the paneling in piano black. The switches and the knobs that passengers get to use each day now have chrome plating.

This is the same treatment done to the inner door handles, parking brake knob, audio dials, and climate control. The fog lamps bezels are new and made lower and more pointed. These same bezels are able to frame the so-called “inner eye.” The “eye” itself is composed of a lower lid, inside of which is the round fog lamp and thus gives this area better refinement. Even the headlamps have a new design.

Meanwhile the upper grille is where the winged logo of Mazda has been placed. While the grille comes in black on all grades, the Sport Grade will have the option to have it in the same color as the body. Starting from the grille and going to the area in between the bonnet and the fenders, there are character lines that have been deeply etched and serve to round off the design of the front.

This allows the Mazda 6 to be very athletic. While the front does have the winged themes, these are also seen in the rear especially with how the lamps have been combined. The winged decorations, and the fact that they have been plated in chrome, give the lamps a wider appearance. It also gives them a look as if they’re placed even lower on the side panels.

The lamps not only have clear lenses but also have LEDs. Through the redesign, the Mazda 6 is fitted with either the aluminum 17-inch wheels or the 18-inch versions. Since they have been designed to slightly twist, it results in a three-dimensional and sport appearance. The wheels help improve the profile by giving it a more luxurious appearance. Howeve, the wheels not only serve a visual purpose as it has a functional one which is that compared to the wheels of the prior model, the ones in the new Mazda 6 are lighter by 1 kilogram.

For the Mazda 6, customers are given the choice of 10 body colors. Two of these are new for the Mazda 6 range which are Black Mica and Graphite Mica. However, two are also new to the Mazda range -- Midnight Bronze Mica and Clear Water Blue Metallic.

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