2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress
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Mazda6 sedan and wagon going on sale in UK

  • Mazda6 Saloon and Tourer arrive in the UK from 20th July.
  • Mazda’s 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G engine to debut in Mazda6.
  • 25 models, four trim levels, ‘comprehensive updates’
2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress
2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress

LONDON, England – Mazda has announced UK pricing and specification for sedan and wagon versions of its new Mazda6 flagship which has an upgraded cabin, revised styling and enhanced technology, plus cylinder deactivation.

The SkyActive-G 2.5-litre petrol engine and SkyActive CTIV-D 2.2-litre diesel engine will be under the bonnet.

Priced from the equivalent of  £23 195 to £33 585 and the two models will be available across four trim levels – 25 models in all: SE-L Nav+, SE-L LUX Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+.

2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress
2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress

Matched exclusively to the new range-topping GT Sport Nav+ trim, Mazda’s 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, SkyActive-G engine has cylinder deactivation, direct fuel-injection and can switch automatically in a fraction of a second from four- to two-cylinder operation to cut fuel consumption.

‘FRESH PREMIUM DETAILS’

Fitted in the large Mazda CX-9 SUV, and the award-winning CX-5 in certain global markets, the 2.5-litre SkyActive-G will have its UK debut in the new Mazda6, hooked to a SkyActive-Drive six-speed auto gearbox in sedan and wagon – badged as Tourer.

Jeremy Thomson, MD of Mazda Motors UK, told The Corner in a media release: “With new powertrain technology, fresh premium design details inside and out, revised model grades and more standard technology, this Mazda6 is a thoroughly re-engineered and refined update of our stylish flagship.”

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The cars have, Mazda says, adopted ”a fresh frontal design focused around a new grille” whose mesh is deeper in the surround. Revised diode headlights include wingtips to underscore their ”predator” style; the redesigned lower bumper has a sleeker profile and an air intake.

2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress
2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress

The sedan’s tail has a remodelled boot lid, both versions have ”a cleaner rear bumper styling with more body-coloured areas”.

NEW MATERIALS AND TECH

The launch includes new alloy wheel rims and ‘Soul Red Crystal Metallic” paint.

Cabin updates include new materials and technology and cabin refinements to ”deliver an understated sense of luxury”. Highlights across the range include a larger (20cm) central display screen and a full-colour head-up windscreen display.

Facia and door trim have been redesigned, Mazda says, along with seat comfort. The flagship GT Sport Nav+ has high-end interior finishes, among them real Japanese wood trim and Nappa leather and suede upholstery.

2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress
2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22.  This is the boot on the wagon version. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress

A flatter underbody, plus new bumper and engine undercovers, are said to streamline airflow under the car; ducts in place of the foul-weather lights in the front bumper create not only airflow to the front wheels but also aerodynamic performance.

BLIND-SPOT MONITORS

SkyActive-G models are also fitted with a very old idea: a shutter to shield the engine and radiator in cold weather to improve real-world efficiency.

Other tech includes blind-spot monitors and ‘traffic approaching!’ technology when reversing blind. Distance-keeping cruise control, lane-keeping and auto city braking are included.

Peter Allibon, Mazda Motors UK’s sales director, enlarged: “This Mazda6 is another example of Mazda’s continued drive to deliver stylish, great-to-drive, high-quality cars with a unique form of Japanese-inspired style and elegance.

”With more technology and equipment than ever before, plus upgrades to engines and refinement, I’m sure the Mazda6 will be more popular than ever with both fleet and retail customers.”

2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress
2018 MAZDA 6: On sale in right-hand drive in UK from July 22 ; the wagon version of the 2018 Mazda 626. Image: Mazda UK / Newspress

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