New Mazda 6 Set for World Premiere at 2012 Moscow Motor Show
The all-new Mazda6 will be revealed at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show. As the flagship model, it will be the second of a new generation of Mazda vehicles which adopt the Japanese company’s full range of SKYACTIV technology and the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language. The New Mazda6 will be introduced to global markets starting in late 2012.
“In developing the third-generation Mazda6, we pursued Mazda’s intrinsic core value: ‘driving pleasure’. We wanted to create a car that reacts and behaves exactly as you expect it to. Part of this involved carefully crafting those parts of the car which you often touch to feel as though they are an extension of your own body,” says Hiroshi Kajiyama, the new Mazda6 programme manager.
“The distinctive exterior design hints at the power and agility with which the car moves. A variety of original innovations support a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. Mazda’s superb engineering and craftsmanship have created a car that handles so well it seems to respond directly to the driver’s intentions rather than the physical manipulations of steering, braking and accelerating.
“In short, the new Mazda6 offers the ‘joy of driving’ that people have come to expect from a Mazda, but now the experience starts even before you get behind the wheel and lingers long after the drive is over. I can’t wait to see the look on the faces of people getting out of the car after their first time behind the wheel of the new Mazda6,” adds Kajiyama.
The new Mazda6 is the production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept car first showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show in December 2011. “The new Mazda6 has a robust framework and a low, wide stance that expresses strength and stability, creating the impression of amazing vitality, without detracting from the universal aesthetic appeal and beautiful form it displays as a C-D segment car,” says chief designer Akira Tamatani.
“We have created a design in which the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realise a powerful presence. Simply looking at the car heightens one’s expectations about the driving experience even before actually riding in it.”
- At the front, the ‘signature wing’ is incorporated, a unifying element of the new Mazda family design, into a sculpted face. The hood creases extend from the tips of the signature wing and flow into the body character lines.
- Three character lines dominate the side view – a line that extends forward from the rear wheel, a rear fender line meant to suggest driving force from the vehicle’s hind quarters, and a front fender line denoting strong shoulders supporting front feet. The combination of these lines aims to capture the form of a predator crouched and ready to leap forward in an explosion of movement.
- For the head lights, signature LED luminescence and halo ring light guides are adopted for the first time in a Mazda production vehicle.
- The first use of ‘Soul Red’ paint, a new colour born of a unique technological process developed by Mazda.
New generation Mazdas are developed under the company’s “design craftsmanship concept” which aims to incorporate the designer’s aesthetic sense into the foundation of the vehicle’s engineering.
Attention has been paid to areas that passengers see and touch, and also to the feel and sound of operating the vehicle, in order to create a sense of unity throughout the car.
- Details of all parts, including design pattern, moulding profile, surface grain and gloss treatments have been carefully considered according to an underlying philosophy.
- In the cabin, the dashboard and centre stack are laid out horizontally, and a continuity between the upper area of the dashboard and the door trims aims to creates an impression of simplicity and neatness.
- Metal-like decorations, such as satin chrome plating.
- Parts which the driver often handles, such as the steering wheel, gear shift knob and parking brake lever, have been designed to be more tactile.
- The layout of all the switches and controls surrounding the driver’s seat has been optimised according to ergonomic principles.
Cabin design and ergonomics
The new Mazda6 model’s body form has been created by employing the above-mentioned KODO design philosophy.
Two fundamental aims directed the development of the interior packaging. The first was to realise a spacious, comfortable cabin. The second was to refine the Human Machine Interface (HMI) to create a cockpit environment where the driver can feel completely at ease.
Cabin that embodies KODO design
- The 2,830mm long wheelbase (105mm longer than previous model) creates increased front and rear space.
- Large 19-inch diameter wheels.
- Compared to the previous model, the front wheel has been moved forward by 100mm in relation to the A-pillar resulting in reduced front overhang. The rear deck is also shorter than the previous model. The car’s stance, with the bulk of the mass toward the rear, is more aggressive than previous models.
- Shoulder room of 1,450mm in the front seat (20mm wider than previous model) and a large radius to the corners of the centre console, ensure improved seating.
- The rear seats have a knee clearance 43mm greater than the previous mode. Legroom is 984mm, 37mm more than the previous model. The length of the rear seat cushion is increased by 20mm and the seat back height by 33mm. The rear centre arm rest has been enlarged by 60mm.
- The trunk was designed from an ergonomic perspective. The upper opening width is 32mm wider than on the previous model, for easy loading. A swan-style hinge also improves opening and closing of the trunk.
■ Driving dynamics
When developing the driving dynamics of the new Mazda6, the chassis engineer’s aim was to provide a driving experience that tries to meld the driver and car into one – echoing the “Jinba Ittai” bonding of man and machine.
This was the motivation for the introduction of SKYACTIV technology throughout the new Mazda6 including the engine, transmission, body and chassis.
Chassis & Body
- The Mazda6 saloon has a SKYACTIV-Chassis front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension.
- With the new column-type electric power assistance, the steering system aims to enhance straight-line stability and reduce steering pull when driving over rough road surfaces.
- The SKYACTIV-Body structure makes wider use of high tensile steel reducing weight, while at the same time improving torsional rigidity by about 30 percent.
- The under-floor design improves aerodynamic performance by smoothing the airflow under the vehicle and minimising the trailing vortex by directing the exiting airflow upwards via the tail-up design of the main exhaust silencer. The coefficient of drag is Cd 0.26.
Technical Specifications (Preliminary Data)
|Coefficient of drag*||0.26|
|Overall length without||mm||4,865|
|license plate holder|
|Track||Front||mm||1,585 (17-inch wheel)1,595 (19-inch wheel)|
|Rear||mm||1,575 (17-inch wheel)1,585 (19-inch wheel)|
|Load floor length to 1st row||mm||1,961|
|Load floor length to 2nd row||mm||1,190|
*depending on grade, wheel and tyre size
|SKYACTIV-G 2.0 Petrol||SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Petrol|
|Fuel system||Direct injection||Direct injection|
|Max. power||kWps||110 / 150 at 6,000||141 / 192 at 5,700|
|Max. torque||Nm||210 at 4,000||256 at 3,250|
|Fuel||Above 95RON||Above 95RON|
|Transmission||SKYACTIV-D (6-speed automatic)SKYACTIV-MT (6-speed manual)||SKYACTIV-D(6-speed automatic)|
* These are Russian market specifications only and do not apply to Europe.
|Front suspension||MacPherson Strut|
|Tyre size||225 / 55 R17225 / 45 R19|
|Wheel size||17 x 7.5J17 x 7.0J19 x 7.5J|
|Steering type||Power-assisted rack and pinion|
|Brake type||Ventilated discs (front) / Solid discs (rear)|
|Brake Diameter||mm||297 (front) / 278 (rear)|