Mazda introduced a new midsize sedan at the Moscow Auto Show. However, the specifications for the U.S. market will only be available at a later date. On the world debut, Mazda is set to unveil its engine options, including a 148-hp SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 189-hp 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G four cylinder.
We won’t know yet whether the brand will keep the 2012 model’s 272-hp 3.7-liter V6, which pushed its models to go further up the market. It has to be considered that since the outgoing generation Mazda6 was introduced, the preferences in the market have changed a lot. Currently, even cars such as the BMW 328i have shifted to a four-cylinder powerplant with a turbocharger.
Mazda executive Jim O’Sullivan said that SkyActiv technology will be used on all future Mazdas. Also, Mazda doesn’t offer a V6 in its new engine line so it’s possible that it will remove the option for this gas-guzzling engine. Mazda has also yet to announce the fate of the SkyActiv-D, the diesel version used in the Takeri concept which the car is heavily based on.
Mazda didn’t say if there will be an oil burning version of the midsize sedan for the North American market. O’Sullivan has so far just hinted at the possibility. When the Mazda6 prototype was first driven using the SkyActiv-D, the engine had an outstanding performance as it offered a higher redline than other turbo diesels by using a lower compression ratio than most.
For the new Mazda6, the automaker commenced a full-scale implementation of its design craftsmanship concept that integrates the designer's artistic sense into a vehicle’s precise engineering. Thanks to this concept, the new Mazda6 has a high-quality premium finish as well as an elegant blend of form and quality that doesn’t sacrifice functionality.
Mazda’s designers focused their efforts not only on areas that passengers can see and touch, but also towards the feel and sound of operating the Mazda6 – for an overall harmony throughout the vehicle. Because of this overall sense of quality, there is an expectation that the new Mazda6 would offer new levels of driving enjoyment.
In fact, all of the planned design and engineering – including moldings, patterns, gloss treatments and surface grains -- were all carefully implemented according to Mazda’s concept. For instance, the instrument panel inside the cabin is laid out horizontally, while the continuity between the upper area of the panel and the door trim exude a sense of being simple and neat.
Likewise, Mazda exerted extra care on metal-like decorations like satin chrome plating. Parts like the steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake lever also underwent careful craftsmanship for a smooth and consistent feel. Additionally, Mazda optimized the layout of the instrument display and operating devices surrounding the driver's seat, taking into consideration how humans see things as well as how their arms and hands move.