Mazda 6 (2008–2012)

Model History

September 2007

'All new' Mazda 6 launched at Frankfurt Motor Show 11th September 2007. 3 body styles: sedan, hatchback and estate. 4,755mm long x 1,755mm wide (1,998mm with mirrors) x 1,440mm high making it 65 mm longer, 15 mm wider, 5 mm taller, with a 50 mm longer wheelbase than the first-generation Mazda6. Shut lines greatly reduced and higher quality materials introduced for a greatly improved premium feel

Mazda’s Karakuri rear seat system (hatchback and estate): one-touch seat-drop function from a latch in the boot panel and an all-new boot tonneau cover for the estate that automatically moves up when the rear liftgate is opened.

Sporty performance feel enhanced by new six- point mounting system for the high-mount double wishbone front suspension and electric power assisted steering. Low coefficient of drag (Cd) lowered to 0.27 (down from 0.30) for the sedan and hatchback, and to Cd 0.28 (down from 0.32) for the estate.

New 2.5-litre petrol engine (170 PS). Also available are 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engines and the MZR-CD 2.0 turbodiesel (140 PS). 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines‘ fuel efficiency and CO 2 levels improved by approximately 10 percent. Active safety: large disc brakes, ABS, DSC, electronic traction control and brake assist (standard in Europe)

Stopping distance from 100 km/h is 39 m on dry ground among the best in the class (Mazda in-house measurement). New safety equipment includes Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), parking sensor, an extensive field of vision, Mazda’s first active headrest, crushable brake and clutch pedals and extensive pedestrian protection measures

CF-Net (Cross Functional Network): combination of switches on the steering wheel which provide integrated control of navigation, audio, air conditioning, driving information, and other systems. Centralised display at the top of the instrument panel to minimise movement of the driver’s line of sight. Independent air temperature controls, and optional (standard depending on grade) advanced keyless entry system with engine start-stop button

BOSE® premium sound system with eight speakers and a Bluetooth® hands-free mobile-phone interface, are optional (standard depending on grade)

Six diesel models on sale from January 2008
Nine estate models on sale from March 2008

Significantly lower CO2 emissions translate into reduced Vehicle Excise Duty bills and fuel economy improvements. For example, the 2.0-litre 140ps turbo diesel with CO2 emissions cut from 165g/km (hatchback) to 149g/km – 23 percent down to 20 percent. Combined cycle fuel economy on the diesel is more than 50mpg.

The 1.8-litre 120ps has a CO2 figure of 162g/km (hatchback) compared with the 186g/km for the previous car – an amazing four-band reduction in company car tax from 24 percent in 2007/08 to 20 percent in 2008/09. Fuel economy on the combined cycle is 40.9mpg. There are similar reductions for the 2.0-litre 147ps with CO2 emissions down from 191g/km (hatchback) to 168g/km – 25 percent down to 21 percent.

October 2008

Mazda6 MZR-CD 2.2. New chain cam, balancer shaft 2.2 diesel in three outputs producing from 125-185 PS of power, and torque from 310-400 Nm, while using between 5.5 and 5.7 litres of fuel per 100 km (CO2: 147 to 152g/km on the combined cycle). All models below 150g/km except 185PS wagon at 152g/km.

Mazda announced a new diesel particulate filter (DPF) catalyst, to be launched on the new MZR-CD 2.2 diesel engine. The new catalyst promotes the oxidation of soot in the DPF by oxygen, allowing to burn off particulate matter approximately 60% faster than current systems.

December 2008

New Mazda6 prices to start from just £14,891 on-the-road. Among the specification upgrades is a new standard equipment feature on 15 models from the £17,563 TS2 upwards – Mazda’s lane-change ‘Rear Vehicle Monitoring System’. This innovation will be a significant boost to safer driving. Fully automatic, the new active safety feature employs two rear-facing radar units that detect and warn the driver of an approaching vehicle before he/she has a chance to move across into a busy lane by mistake.

The all-new MZR-CD 2.2-litre engine offers substantially higher power and torque than the previous-generation 2.0-litre diesel, while delivering equal levels of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and weighing just 6kg more than the smaller capacity power unit.

Offered in three versions producing 185, 163 and 125ps of maximum power output and 400, 360 and 310Nm of torque respectively, the 2.2 will meet the demands of a wide spectrum of customers. Excellent low-end response (from as little as 1,800rpm with a flat maximum torque curve that continues until 3,000rpm) contributes to the smooth and powerful driving feel.

Every Mazda6 diesel comes with a six-speed manual transmission – fitted with a high top ratio (0.711:1) for quiet, relaxed and fuel-efficient cruising. On the combined cycle, the new Mazda6 diesel returns between 51.4mpg and 49.6mpg, with CO2 figures of between just 147g/km and 149g/km for all 4 door and 5 door models. Of the diesel estate models only the high power 185ps derivatives enter vehicle excise duty band D at 152g/km. All other diesel models are placed in a highly competitive band C. Combined with very attractive pricing, these CO2 outputs deliver outstanding Benefit-in-Kind personal tax rates for company car drivers.

The three new diesel powertrains for new Mazda6 retain, or hugely improve, the Zoom-Zoom, fun-to-drive, attributes of this popular Mazda. Acceleration to 62mph with the 2.2-litre low power 125ps diesel takes just 0.2 seconds longer than the previous 2.0-litre 140ps diesel (10.9 compared to 10.7 seconds for the hatchback), while the mid power 163ps achieves 62mph in 9.2 seconds and the high power 185ps reaches that speed in just 8.5 seconds.

For 2009, two S models offer entry to Mazda6 ownership from £14,891. Comprehensive standard equipment includes: Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS), six airbags and ‘Active’ front seat head restraints, 16-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking, manual air-conditioning, Karakuri 60/40 split folding rear seats, a radio/single CD audio system with 4 speakers and an auxiliary jack for MP3 players.

Nine TS models (from £15,869), add 14 items including: electric and heated door mirrors, cruise control, trip computer with speed alarm dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, leather steering wheel and gear knob, two additional audio speakers (total = six), a rear seat centre armrest and CF-Net steering wheel controls.

Priced from £17,563, eight TS2 models add nine items including: 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 R17 tyres, electric folding door mirrors, dusk-sensing automatic lights, rain sensing automatic wipers, an integrated Bluetooth system and the new Rear Vehicle Monitoring System (RVMS).

Four Sport models (from £19,326), feature smart entry and push-button start, a 240W BOSE sound premium audio system with eight speakers, half leather heated sports seats, Bi-Xenon headlamps plus a much bolder visual differentiation from all other versions, with the ‘Sports Appearance Pack’ fitted as standard on this model, while 18-inch wheels were introduced for the first time on a Mazda6.

Three range-topping Sports Luxury models (from £20,353), bring customers premium equipment such as full leather seats, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors and electrically powered sun roof.

January 2009

Mazda6 2.0 Tamura delivers 147ps for 0-to-60 mph acceleration in just 10.2 seconds, while its CO2 rating is a modest 168g/km. Based on the Mazda6 2.0 5dr TS model, the new Tamura has the addition of a Sports Styling Pack (including front and rear sports bumpers, side skirts and rear spoiler), plus privacy glass, clear rear light bezels, unique 18-inch alloy wheels and special ‘Tamura’ badging. Inside, this Tamura features alloy pedals and branded Tamura floor mats.

January 2010

Facelift announced for Geneva Show in March 2010. Improved refinement, cabin ambience, environmental compatibility and safety performance. New 2.0-litre DISI1 petrol engine uses less fuel and produces fewer emissions. 5 speed torque converter auto optional. Updated versions of the Mazda MZR 1.8 and 2.5-litre engines complete the petrol line-up.

Mazda MZR-CD 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine is available in three power derivatives – from 129 to 180ps – all with improved fuel-efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. New chassis settings and several new active safety features – like a new pivoting adaptive front lighting system and hill-launch assist – that together make the Mazda6 one of the safest and easiest-to-drive cars in its segment. On sale in Europe from Spring 2010.

March 2010

Mazda Motors UK brought forward the ‘on sale’ date for the upgraded Mazda6 models for 2010. The new 19-strong range features refreshed exterior and interior styling, additional equipment and a range of significant technical enhancements that improve fuel economy by up to 6.4 percent and reduced CO 2 emissions by up to 6.1 percent.

Two body styles (hatchback and estate), six engines (three petrol and three diesel) and four equipment levels – S, TS, TS2, and Sport. Improved fuel economy, lower Road Fund Licence bands and reduced Benefit In Kind costs offer buyers significant savings while prices for the new Mazda6 are increased by an average of just 4.8 percent ranging from £16,990 to £23,445 on-the-road.

A new 2-litre DISI petrol engine delivers 155ps (up from 147ps), while the lower power 2.2-litre diesel generates more power and torque – up 4ps to 129ps and up 20Nm to 340Nm at 1,800rpm. The highest power 2.2-litre diesel now produces 180ps (down 5ps) but modifications to the turbocharger boost torque delivery whilst facilitating improvements in fuel economy and emissions which therefore sees it retaining its overall excellence in performance.

A Sport 2.0-litre petrol model with Mazda’s five-speed automatic transmission is introduced after dealers reported a latent demand for a top-of-the-range model with this specification (but 178g/km CO2). The upgraded Mazda6 achieves fuel economy average improvements of 3.2 and 4.1 percent (petrol/diesel) and emissions reductions that average 4.4 and 4.8 percent (petrol/diesel), so the lower power 2.2-litre, 129ps diesel hatchback now has a rating of just 138g/km. These improvements move many models into a lower RFL band. All new Mazda6 models now meet Euro5 emission standards.

Upgraded equipment for the new Mazda6 encompasses ‘smart’ turn indicators and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) for the ‘S’ grade and all other models. Additional items moving up the range include: rear spoiler (TS upwards), front & rear parking sensors and Hill Hold Assist (HHA), (TS2upwards), and swivel-type AFS front lights (Sport).

Full leather trim is now available as an option on all TS2and Sport models and includes powered driver and front passenger seats with a memory function on the driver’s seat. A choice of eight exterior colours is available - including a single solid colour (Brilliant Black), two metallics (Clear Water Blue and Sunlight Silver), and five micas (Black, Graphite, Stormy Blue, Copper Red and Crystal White Pearl). Standard interior trim is Black cloth (S, TS and TS2), with part cloth/part leather trim on Sport models. Full leather trim is now available as an option on all TS2and Sport models (priced at £1,150 and £750, respectively), and includes powered driver and front passenger seats with a memory function on the driver's seat.

Although the power output of the 2.0-litre petrol engine has been raised (from 147 up to 155ps), Mazda6 models with this power unit are among the most ‘improved' foremissions with the estate down 10g/km to 161 and the hatchback down 9g/km to just 159 - putting the hatch in the 20 percent company car tax bracket for 2010/11.

Power output on the ‘low power' 2.2-litre diesel engine is increased from 125ps to 129ps, but itsemissions in the hatchback are reduced from 147g/km to 138g/km putting this model in the 19 percent company car tax bracket in 2010/11.

June 2010

Mazda6 Takuya Three different guises: 2.0-litre five-door (£19,845), 2.2D 163ps five-door (£20,945) and 2.2D 163ps Estate (£21,595). All three variants benefit from the fitment of 18-inch alloy wheels, a sports grille and dusk-sensing headlights on the exterior, while the interior benefits from an alloy pedal set, half-leather heated seats, auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control air conditioning, leather steering wheel and shift knob and a choice of paint colours.

Mazda6 Takuyas fitted with the 2.0-litre petrol powerplant are capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds en route to a 134mph maximum speed. Combined fuel economy of 40.9mpg is achievable and CO2 emissions of 159g/km put the petrol Mazda6 in road tax band G. Meanwhile, the 2.2D 163ps models return an impressive 52.3mpg combined and produce 142g/km CO2 (five-door; estate produces 143g/km CO2). Both versions hit 62mph in just 9.2 seconds.

February 2011

Following the success of the ‘Takuya Special Edition Range' introduced in mid-2010 for a limited period, Mazda is launching five 2011 ‘Takuya' models across the Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda6 line-ups with a total production volume of 3,894 units.

Buyers with families, will find Mazda6 Takuya special edition models available in three different guises: a 2.0-litre 155ps five-door (£20,495), 2.2D 163ps five-door (£21,675) and 2.2D 163ps Estate (£22,325).

For £1,050 more than the TS models, all three variants benefit from the fitment of 18-inch alloy wheels, a sports grille, front fog lights, privacy glass and dusk-sensing headlights. The interior features an alloy pedal set, half-leather heated seats, auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control air-conditioning, an integrated Bluetooth system and a six-disc CD changer. A choice of four metallic, mica or pearlescent paint colours is offered free-of-charge.

09-12-11:CO2 reductions bring reduced VED and reduced BIK tax: For the Mazda6, the improvements bring areduction on all Mazda6 2.2-litre 5-door Diesel 163ps and 180ps models - dropping from 142 to 140g/km, which means a £15 a year VED saving as models drop from Band F (£130) to Band E (£115). Meanwhile, a 5g/km reduction (138g/km to 133g/km) on all 2.2-litre 5-door Diesel 129ps models, including the recently launched fleet-focused Mazda6 Business Line, drops them into the 19 percent BIK tax bracket (previously 20 percent) in 2011/12.

April 2012

Mazda6 Venture Edition announced, offering a lot more kit for very little more money. Prices are £21,000 for the 155PS 2.0 litre petrol model hatchaback, £22,300 for the 163PS 2.2 litred diesel hatchback and £22,900 for the 163PS 2.2 litred diesel estate.

Mazda6 Venture Editions are based on Mazda6 TS2models, and feature Sanyo TomTom navigation, integrated Bluetooth, half-leather seat trim and heated front seats.

Outside, Mazda6 Venture Editions have 17-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, Sports front grille, rear spoiler, privacy glass and a special range of colours - including Brilliant Black and optional Crystal White Pearlescent, Black Mica or Stormy Blue Mica, as well as a unique colour for this version - Dolphin Grey Mica.

Mazda6 Venture Edition models benefit from the standard equipment level of the TS2which includes: 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.

The petrol hatchback Venture Edition is powered by a 2.0-litre (155ps) MZR engine which accelerates this model to 62mph in 10.3 seconds and returns 40.9mpg (EC combined) with a 159g/kmrating. The 2.2-litre (163ps) MZR-CD engine accelerates to 62mph in 9.2 seconds, and returns 53.3mpg (EC combined) with low emissions of 140 to 141g/km. These two models qualify for Road Fund Licence bands E and F, while sensible Benefit In Kind costs offer significant savings.


Hatchback

Power

(ps)

Torque

(Nm)

0-62mph

(sec)

Top Speed

(mph)

Combined

(mpg)

2.0 MZR (155ps)

Venture Edition

155

193

10.3

134

40.9

Diesel

2.2 MZR-CD (163ps)

Venture Edition

163

360

9.2

132

53.3

EstateDiesel

2.2 MZR-CD (163ps)

Venture Edition

163

360

9.2

131

53.3

Hatchback

'On the road'

Retail

CO 2

(g/km)

RFL

Band

Insurance

Group

P11D

Value

Monthly BIK

20 / 40%

2.0 MZR (155ps)

Venture Edition

£21,000

159

G

22 E

22%

£76 / 152

Diesel

2.2 MZR-CD (163ps)

Venture Edition

£22,300

140

E

24 E

22%

£81 / 162

Estate

Diesel

2.2 MZR-CD (163ps)

Venture Edition

£22,900

141

F

24 E

22%

£83 / 167

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