Cleaner auto diesel models herald arrival of revised Mazda6

2015-01-14 17:35:11

A revised Mazda6 range is on its way, boasting tweaks to the styling, improved ride comfort and higher levels of standard equipment across the board. EcoCar fans will be pleased to hear that the diesel automatic models now fall into the 130g/km CO2 band, earning them an 8% write-down allowance instead of the steeper 18% rate. The revised model will go on sale soon, priced from £19,795.

The entry-level price marks a £200 increase in the cost, but in common with all the face-lifted models, it gets a new instrument panel and centre console design, a revised suspension system and improved sound deadening materials used throughout the body. The Mazda6 will also herald the Japanese company’s first time it has opted to use an electronic parking brake on any of its cars. However, this will be limited to the SE and SE-L trim levels.

Mazda has also taken the opportunity to upgrade its touchscreen system with a new 7-inch device. This incorporates a DAB digital radio and the company’s MZD Connect which allows drivers to pair their smartphones with the car.

Range-topping Sport Nav models feature a slightly unique look at the front, with a restyled front grille and signature wing design that incorporates LED headlamps including LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, new LED tail lamps and bright 19-inch alloy wheels. They also get a revised integrated navigation system which Mazda claims has greater accuracy, improved search facilities and three years of free map updates.

A host of new safety equipment also features on some models as options, including a head-up display system which projects important information into the driver’s forward field of view, adaptive LED head lamps, lane-keep assist and advanced blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Of more interest is a rear smart city brake support. As the name suggests, it operates whilst the car is reversing at speeds between 2mph and 5mph and if the system detects an imminent rear impact, will automatically apply the brakes.

This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto

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Andrew Merritt-Morling

Chief Editor