9 August 2016

New dynamics for Mazda6

Mazda will launch its 2017 model year Mazda6 saloon and wagon range across Europe this autumn, writes Trish Whelan.

The car has long been regarded as one of the best-handling, most engaging vehicles in its class and has been one of the most stylish saloon cars in its class.

Mazda Europe says it will now raise the bar once again with the company’s first European application of G-Vectoring Control (GVC), the first in a series of new SKYACTIV-Vehicle-Dynamics technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission and chassis to deepen the sense of connection between car and driver.

GVC is the world’s first technology to adjust engine drive torque in response to steering inputs.

The powertrain line-up features a choice of three petrol engines - 145 and 165hp variants of the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and the 192hp SKYACTIV-G 2.5 – and two diesel units -150 and 175hp versions of the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 – mated to automatic or manual transmissions.

Active safety technologies include a European first; a new, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) feature which identifies No Entry and speed limit signs, providing alerts should the driver exceed the limit, and the Advanced Smart City Brake Support system (Advanced SCBS), which replaces a near-infrared laser with a forward-sensing camera, widening the system’s speed range for detecting other vehicles.

Irish prices and specs have yet to be announced.