Japanese car brand Mazda is widely known for doing its own thing. The company tries to copy as less as possible other car brands which makes Mazda cars distinct from others. The brand new Mazda6 is no different.
Text Anja Van Der Borght – Pictures Mazda en Jeffrey Van der Vaart
The new Mazda6 is clearly inspired on the principle ‘beauty by subtraction’. When we have a look at the back for instance we notice that the black plastic areas are reduced and have made room for bigger exhausts.
Mazda matured the Mazda6 in an elegant way with a new grill in mesh instead of a linear design. “We wanted to give the grill a more three dimensional aspect and give it a deeper impression so as such the Mazda badge would look more prominent”, a Mazda engineer tells. New lights and two new alloy wheel versions in 17 inch and 19 inch complete the new look.
When taking place behind the steering wheel our eye immediately captures the new dashboard… now with a digital meter set. Apart from that the new Mazda6 standard is equipped with cooling seats and a very luxurious interior. Cherry on the pie is the 360° surround view monitor that generates a overhead view, which in combination with the parking sensors (front and rear) makes parking to a child’s play.
Apart from the steering wheel and some switches everything in the Mazda6 interior is new. So is the centre display that now measures 8 instead of 7 inch. “We wanted more quality in the execution”, Jo Stenuit, Design Director at Mazda Motor Europe, tells. “And we wanted to give the interior a wider and more fluent impression.”
The brand new seats feel much more comfortable thanks to the thick padding and the wider seat cushions. So don’t expect tight sport seats in this car! Other big novelty is the suede interior. Suede is a material that has been trending in fashion for the last years. “But the car industry is much more demanding so it took a bit longer to develop a very resisting velvet like material”, Stenuit tells. “What we developed is a combination of nano technology material and a thin layer of silver coating that we wash away. The result is a very resistant and dirt-repellent suede with a soft feeling and beautiful shine. Nothing like alcantara!”
The Japanese concept ‘Jinba ittai’ or in our language ‘fun to drive’ is another principle the new Mazda6 is based on. To create a stronger unity between car and driver Mazda lowered the center of gravity for an even more stable feeling when driving. “We wanted the new Mazda6 to be more horizontal and stable”, a Mazda engineer explains us. Mazda had another look at all the Mazda6 powertrains which now are even more powerful and more dynamic as well as meeting with the Euro 6 norms. The diesel 2.2 two-stage turbocharger now generates more power and torque whereas the gasoline 2.0 is now for the first time available with cylinder deactivation. The powertrains meet up with the 2018/WLTP/RDE regulation.
Driving a few miles we notice that the new Mazda6 is remarkably more silent than its predecessor. Mazda apparently used high-resilience and sound absorbing materials which absorb vibrations and noise. So cool. Less good is the 360° camera. It’s resolution is not so good and it generates distorted images when it images the sides of the car. But that’s the only minus point. We adore the way the Mazda6 drives, elegant and comfortable but also with a more linear steering feel and it is more agile when cornering. The cooling seats are a real must have to arrive fresh at your destination.
The Soul Red Crystal color brings the new Mazda6 more to live even though Mazda didn’t change anything at the metal body of the car.
Mazda6 Sedan and Wagon prices:
Gasoline: 30.590 Euros
Diesel: 33.090 Euros
Attention: the 2.0 Diesel 100 pk is only available in 4WD in Belgium.