• Sep 11th 2007 at 10:28AM
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Although rumor has it this isn't the exact Mazda6 we'll be getting Stateside, we finally saw the car in the metal with our own eyes and like what we saw -- a lot. Not as conservative (not that Mazda usually is) as the Accord or as odd as the Camry, this all-new 6 manages to be exciting in an understated way. Lots of nice curves and details without a lot of bling. In person it has an almost BMW feel about it, very athletic and sophisticated. The hatch and wagon in particular look very rakish. Unfortunately we overheard one Mazda exec mention that the U.S. might only get the sedan this go-around, which would be a bit of a letdown. We liked the hatch and wagon variants and because we were just looking at both of them in the new version, we know that the engineering is already done.

Some of the new features we expected look like they made it to the production car. We just had the pre-release post a little while ago and most of that info has remain unchanged. There is a rundown of specs after the jump in case you want to check it out. Things that make this new 6 a near-near-luxury car are here, like xenon headlights, LED detailing, heated seats and an engine starter button. Pricing still hasn't been announced, but it will probably stay pretty close to the outgoing model to stay competitive in this uber-important mid-sized sedan market.

U.S.-spec cars will likely get an optional 3.5L V6 in addition to the base four-cylinder, but the Europeans have more choices. The new car weighs less than the '07 model and will more efficient with fewer CO2 emissions to boot. We're really hoping Mazda brings it over as-is and offers all three versions if for no other reason than to further distinguish its uniqueness among its rivals.

[Source: Mazda]

Press Release:

Mazda at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2007
Mazda Motor Corporation's 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show
stand celebrates an evolution of Zoom-Zoom with the world
premiere of the all-new Mazda6 and its smaller brother, the
all-new Mazda2 (first shown at Geneva earlier this year) now
with a diesel offer -- the first two new-generation models
to be completely new developed. Frankfurt also sees Mazda
celebrating 40 years of the Mazda rotary engine, and a new
look to its sports car icon, the Mazda RX-8, with its 40th
Anniversary Special Edition.

World premiere: All-New Mazda6 – Zoom-Zoom Evolution

Taking centre stage at the Mazda stand at this year's Frankfurt
show is the world premiere of the all-new Mazda6, which is the
company's second new-generation car to be developed from
the ground up. As it did when it was first launched in 2002, the
all-new Mazda6 is poised to set a new standard in its class. It
is more refined, more mature, more premium with exquisite
quality – and represents an evolution of Zoom-Zoom.

Mazda6 at a Glance
• Second of the new-generation models representing an
evolution of Zoom-Zoom after the all-new Mazda2
• 3 body styles: sedan, hatchback and estate
• 65 mm longer, 15 mm wider, 5 mm taller, with a
50 mm longer wheelbase (sedan and hatchback)
than the first-generation Mazda6
• Exquisite craftsmanship: body gaps 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
• Excellent 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
2 levels improved by approximately 10 percent
• Active safety: large disc brakes, ABS, DSC, electronic
traction control and brake assist (standard in
Stopping distance from 100 km/h is 39 m on dry
ground among the best in the class (Mazda in-house
• Passive safety: Mazda's stiff and strong Triple-H body
shell and up to six airbags (depending on market)
• 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
• A BOSE® premium sound system with eight speakers
and a Bluetooth® hands-free mobile-phone interface,
are optional (standard depending on grade)
• Driver's seat armrest with adjustable front-back slider

All-New Mazda6 Preliminary Specifications (for Europe)
Body type Sedan Hatchback Estate
Door 4 5 5
Seating capacity 5 5 5
Overall length without
license plate holder mm 4,735 4,735 4,765
Overall width mm 1,795 1,795 1,795
Overall height mm 1,440 1,440 1,490
Wheelbase mm 2,725 2,725 2,725
Front mm 1,570*/ 1,570*/ 1,570*/
1,560**/1,550*** 1,560**/1,550*** 1,560**/1,550***
Rear mm 1,570*/ 1,570*/ 1,570*/
1,560**/1,550*** 1,560**/1,550*** 1,560**/1,550***
* with 16x6J ST
** with 16x6.5J AL
*** with 17"/18"

All-New Mazda6 - Preliminary Specifications (for Europe)
1.8L MT 2.0L MT 2.0L AT 2.5L MT 2.0L DE MT
Engine type 4-cylinder 4-cylinder 4-cylinder 4-cylinder 4-cylinder
16-valve 16-valve 16-valve 16-valve
Displacement cm3 1,798 1,999 1,999 2,488 1,998
Max. power kW/rpm 88/5,500 108/6,500 108/6,500 125/6,000 103/3,500
Max. torque Nm/rpm 165/4,300 184/4,000 184/4,000 226/4,000 330/2,000
Fuel consumption*
Sedan l/100 km 6.8 7.0 7.7 8.1 5.6
Hatchback 6.9 7.1 7.7 8.1 5.6
Estate 7.0 7.2 7.8 8.2 5.7
2 Emission Level*
Sedan g/km 161 166 182 192 149
Hatchback 162 168 182 192 149
Estate 165 171 185 193 151
All-New Mazda6 – Preliminary Specifications (for Europe)
1.8L MT 2.0L MT 2.0L AT 2.5L MT 2.0L DE MT
Transmission 5 MT 6 MT 5 AT 6 MT 6 MT
Front Double Double Double Double Double
Wishbone Wishbone Wishbone Wishbone Wishbone
Rear Multi-link Multi-link Multi-link Multi-link Multi-link
Brake type
Front Ventilated Ventilated Ventilated Ventilated Ventilated
discs discs discs discs discs
Rear Solid discs Solid discs Solid discs Solid discs Solid discs
Tires 195/65R16 195/65R16 195/65R16 195/65R16 195/65R16
205/60R16 205/60R16 205/60R16 225/45R18 205/60R16
215/50R17 215/50R17 215/50R17 215/50R17
225/45R18 225/45R18 225/45R18 225/45R18
Wheels 16"Steel 16"Steel 16"Steel 16"Steel 16"Steel
16"Alloy 16"Alloy 16"Alloy 18"Alloy 16"Alloy
17"Alloy 17"Alloy 17"Alloy 17"Alloy
18"Alloy 18"Alloy 18"Alloy 18"Alloy
Top Speed*
Sedan km/h 200 214 204 220 204
Hatchback 198 212 202 220 201
Estate 194 208 198 217 198

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Much sexier than the previous 6.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The exterior is certainly eye-catching, but the interior is just awful. The gauge light color, the excess of shiny silver plastic and the flimsy-looking switches and buttons....nothing inside this car comes close to the interior of the new Accord. So, what's more important, aesthetically -- the inside or the outside? Depends on the buyer, but I figure I see the interior a lot more than the exterior if I'm driving it, and this interior would be an ugly place to spend hours at a time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man, I will be extremely disappointed if the 5-door does not come stateside...I mean, can MazUSA really make a strong business case for cutting 2 models that are already engineered (and already on the lots in last year's model)

      I am watching closely. I have a CX-7 that is ready to be traded back if a new 5-door Mazda6 shows up on the lots in North America. I love the look of this car, but I don't drive sedans. If it doesn't have the utility space of a liftback, I am not interested.

      I would say Mazda's tone towards the NA market with this car has me concerned more than excited. Any way we can pass these comments along to the MazdaUSA top dog? let him know what the people want...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Please, please Mazda, bring a 2 door variant to the US with that fastback/hatchback design. Previously, about the only decent car available in this size category with 2 doors was the Honda Accord. While it has the fastback style rear window, Honda made the mistake of not making it a hatchback, reminiscent of the 350Z. At least Nissan is now making the Altima in a coupe, but unfortunately not as a hatchback. The new Mazda 6 would make a beautiful 2 door coupe or 2 door hatchback, while maintaining a pleasant mainstream look without the quirkiness of the Miata or RX8.

      Mazda could have sold me a Mazda 3 or Mazda 6 long ago if only they could have gotten past their image of 4 door family haulers and created a 2 door. Great sales of the Honda Accord 2 door, Honda Civic 2 door, and BMW Mini are a testament to the market potential.

      • 8 Years Ago
      It'll most likely offer the same FWD-biased craptastic AWD system as the Mazdaspeed. What a shame. Nice enough looking car, but at least allow some fun by giving us RWD bias.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Holy moly! Toyota and Honda better watchout. This car is smokin! Knowing Mazda it'll be priced extremely competively. I know I'd pay $750-1k more than a Camry or Accord!
      • 8 Years Ago
      You 5 door and wagon guys have great points. However you must understand, that the US/ NA market is heavy on CUV's & SUV's. Mazda has committed itself to the CX7 & 9, and would not do anything to hurt or hender their sales (for return on investments sake). Having said that, give the CUV's their cycle runs, and just maybe the 5 door and wagons might just return! Zoom, Zoom!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I3ziko - that's pretty much what it means. The engine options are obviously going to be different; V6 is a requirement to compete is this class and America won't wake up to Diesels for at least another 5 or 10 years. The emissions are a big deal - in 2010 more than ever before, thanks to Uncle Sam. The standard safety equipment is generally self-explanatory, particularly in light of the aforementioned government regulation coupled with the nervous-nelly syndrome of the average American "driver". And then there's the packaging - the car's options have to be suited to buyer's tastes which tend to be markedly different in the USA. (That's why we get Touring and Grand Touring trims while Europe doesn't.)

      I know with the current 6 being built in Michigan, that leaves the door open for a unique USA only version a la Ford's recipe, so I can understand why that makes people nervous. But if you look at Mazda's lineup - particularly in Europe and Asia, it's all global and has been for a long time. The variations are so minor I doubt anyone would really care so much that it would be a deal-breaker. (Seriously, we're talking about a color-keyed grill on the Australian version of the Mazda3i instead of the chrome cue we have here) Even the alloy wheels are the same the world over. There's no compelling, definitive reason at this time to believe that Mazda would pull a Ford and design a different car *only* for the USA. For one, they not doing that now with anything, and for another, why spend the money on R & D when they absolutely have to know this existing product would clean house over here?

      C'mon guys - Mazda didn't get where they are today by being stupid.

      I know people are all worried about it, but I find it hard to believe Mazda would be so asinine as to make that kind of dramatically embarrassing mistake after being right on the money with the Zoom-Zoom turn-around. The vast majority of their new global products have been widely successful - I can't imagine they'll start tampering so soon with the formula that saved them at the start of this decade.

      Have a little faith people.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Why do you call this "Ford's recipe"? It's also Honda's recipe (big Accord for USA, smaller Accord for Europe; dull Civic sedans for USA, exciting Civic hatchbacks for Europe), Toyota's recipe (big Camry for USA, smaller Avensis for Europe) and it has been Mazda's recipe (big 626 for USA, smaller 626 for Europe, which became USA Protege replacing previous Japanese-based Protege). Ford has sold several of its European models here basically unchanged except for regulatory requirements, and almost always sold poorly, because they were too small, or too daring in styling, or too hatchback, or too expensive for what USA buyers expected for the class they sold in--which is why I don't buy the idea the new Mondeo would sell any better in the USA than the old one did.

        I do hope, though, that Mazda will realize that they're very, very unlikely ever to challenge Toyota or Honda in sales, so they'd be better off doing what they do well and keeping the customers they have instead of alienating them by emulating Toyota and Honda.
      • 8 Years Ago
      First, please pardon me for not having read the entire thread on the new Mazda6. Does anyone know if a manual transmission will be offered with the 3.5 liter V6 on models sold in the US? Please say it will be so...
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...and i should add for 2008...yes 2008 !
      • 8 Years Ago
      5 door AWD… Come to papa…
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, that looks really good. It looks like the current gen ES350 (not a bad thing as Acidic pointed out). I think the current gen 6 is too boring and ordinary (while it does look a little more exciting then any Accord). Now on to the big question... how much?
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