The All-New Mazda6 Wagon Premiers at 2012 Paris Auto Show
With designs like the Mazda Takeri and Shinari Concept vehicles piquing the interests of auto enthusiasts world wide, the rumor for the past two years has been the Mazda6 would be the first to truly show off the new design flair from Mazda’s new Global Design Director, Ikuo Maeda. Finally stepping up onto the world stage at the 2012 Paris Auto Show this past week, the 2014 Mazda6 Sedan and Wagon models did not disappoint.
Maeda’s Kodo (??) design language (lit., “motion of the soul”) inspired the look of the Mazda6, which has a sharp, elegant, and powerful stance. Details like the narrow headlights and slender, curving front fascia and grille make both Mazda6s look ready for both speed and status.
While the look of the vehicles was definitely the focus for the new models, Mazda also revealed that for the first time both vehicles will feature Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D diesel powertrains. The wagon will premier with a 2.2L SKYACTIV-D projected to make up to 173 hp; the Sedan will have the option of the same 2.2L diesel technology in addition to either a 2.5L or 2.0L gasoline direct-injection (DI) engine. Estimates on the fuel economy are as yet the subject of speculation, though the Wagon is projected to get similar ratings to the 2014 Sedan, which is supposed to get as much as 43 mpg on the freeway.
In addition to the upgraded powertrain, the 2014 Mazda6 will also feature several new advanced safety features from Mazda’s new i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety features. The Mazda6 is scheduled to get the entire i-ACTIVSENSE platform, which includes over nine additional proactive safety technologies; drivers will have the added safety advantage of hazard recognition support systems like Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM), Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS), Smart braking support (SBS), and more.
Based on the initial reports, here at Cox Mazda, we couldn’t be more excited to get this all-new vehicle into our showroom. Though we’re still a long way away from release dates, Manatee County can count on Cox to have all the latest information on upcoming vehicles from Mazda, as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned!