Mazda reveals sneak peak of new 6

Mazda has revealed a sneak peak of its flagship model, the 6, which will debut the company’s new brake energy regeneration system. Set to be uncovered at the Moscow Motor Show next month, the Mazda6 saloon is the second model in Mazda’s new generation of products, after the CX-5, which has the full range of Skyactiv technology and also, what Mazda calls, its ‘Soul of Motion’ design language.

Mazda’s Skyactiv technology is based on a lightweight platform that can underpin anything from the Mazda 3 to a large CX-7 SUV in size. And two new SkyActiv engines introduced on the CX-5 will be offered with the 6. The model on show in Moscow will be the company’s 162bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission but manual will also be offered for production.

UK buyers are likely to be most interested in the latest 2.2-litre turbodiesel with either 148bhp or 173bhp, which will be offered with both automatic and manual transmissions, just like the CX-5.

Mazda said the 6 will ‘as the flagship model for a new generation of Mazda products,’ continuing that it has ‘a sense of dignity, style, luxury feel and comfort expected… while offering the pleasure of responsive and agile driving, which is at the core of the Mazda brand’.

The car will go on sale in spring next year, with an estate version set to be unveiled at the Paris Show in September.