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New Mazda 6 debuts in Moscow

Tue, 28 Aug 2012

The 2014 Mazda 6 sedan will be unveiled at the Moscow auto show this week, but you don't have to fly to the Motherland to get details on the new model. We have them right here.

As we expected, the new mid-sized sedan will make use of Mazda's SkyActiv technologies, including either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 147 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.5-liter four making 189 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission will be offered, as well as a six-speed manual.

The new 6 features Mazda's Kodo design language, which we've seen at the last few auto shows. From the front, the new Mazda looks more muscular with character lines running up the hood. The headlights are reshaped and house LEDs. Mazda's “signature wing” sits in the grille. The profile looks very similar to the outgoing model, though the hood has less of a rake, making for a more upright front end. The character line above the front wheel well now extends into the front doors. At the back, the taillights are narrower, and a chrome strip now runs along the trunk lid. Press photos also show dual exhaust pipes. Mazda reminded us that these are Russian-spec cars, though we expect the U.S. versions to be nearly identical.

Inside, soft materials are used at touch points while the instrument panel features Bourdeaux-colored metal and “dark metal.” Mazda says it features a “driver oriented cockpit” with “three meters laid out symmetrically in the meter hood,” which “heighten the expectations for exciting driving.” We figured out that if we exchange the word “gauges” for “meters” that statement makes sense.

The wheelbase of the new Mazda 6 is 1.6 inches longer than the outgoing model, and shoulder room, knee room and leg space have all been increased. The trunk also opens wider, for easier access.

In addition to its stop/start system, the Mazda 6 also uses i-ELOOP, which is a regenerative braking system. It stores power from braking in a capacitor that can be used to run the car's electronic accessories.

A full suite of safety systems is available on the sedan, including backup sensors, adaptive front lighting and Smart City Brake Support that hits the brakes automatically to avoid obstacles, even if the driver isn't paying attention. Lane departure warnings and hill holding are also offered.

EPA fuel mileage numbers haven't been released yet, but we predict highway mileage will be above 30 mpg for both engines. U.S. pricing will be announced closer to launch.

By Jake Lingeman