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The 6 has lost its edge but it will gain friends

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - ROAD TEST - CRAIG DUFF

adds $2850 and can be had from the Tour­ing model up. All cars come with a re­vers­ing cam­era, sat­nav, cruise con­trol, Blue­tooth and dual-zone cli­mate con­trol.

TECH­NOL­OGY

A lighter, stronger chas­sis is matched to the SkyActiv en­gines for a 15 per cent cut in fuel use, de­spite the car’s ex­tra size. The petrol uses a classtop­ping 6.6L/100km, as­sisted by a re­spon­sive stop-start setup and the i-Eloop brak­ing re­gen­er­a­tion sys­tem that helps power the an­cil­laries.

The Sky­Ac­tive en­gine cranks out 138kW/250Nm and uses a high 13:1 com­pres­sion ra­tio to help achieve the fuel sav­ings. Con­versely the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel uses a low 14:1 com­pres­sion ra­tio to gen­er­ate 129kW/420Nm.

DE­SIGN

Styling wise, the Mazda6 has grown up. There are now two dis­tinct char­ac­ter lines on the side: a down­ward slop­ing arc from the front wheel and a ris­ing line through the doors.

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