New Mazda6 Debuts in Moscow
By Jake Lingeman
The 2014 Mazda6 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.
The wheelbase of the new Mazda6 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 Mazda6 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.
Sky-D is expected to get 50 MPG. 12-point fuel injectors inject diesel at 2,900 psi per cylinder. Maximum torque of 310 lbs/ft^2 is reached at 1,800 RPM and is available all the way to the redline of 5,200 RPM. Peak horsepower of 167 horses is reached at 4,500 RPM. Compression ratio of the Sky-D diesel engine is 14.0:1, which significantly lowers the mixture temperature in order to minimize the creation of NOx molecules. Thanks to the carefully engineered exhaust manifold, which is elongated to cool down the exhaust, no Urea after treatment of exhaust gases is required. The engine has been designed to meet both the future Euro VI and the current EPA Tier II bin 5 norms from the onset. This engine is 55 lbs lighter than the outgoing diesel engine model. The engine block is made of Aluminum.
Russia is not considered Europe; only around 15-20% of Russia's territory is on the European continent, and Moscow, more precisely the Volga river, is generally considered to be the invisible border between Europe and Asia, although some sources claim the Ural mountain range to be the border line. Maybe that has something to do with it, respectively why it might be considered a separate market.
On the other hand, I have read essays which do mention the Sky-D model and Russian auto show in the same article. It depends on who is writing it, and how much they know about mazda's diesel technology, I guess.
Failing the offering of a SkyActiv-G V6, a 2.5L SkyActiv-G turbo would be an acceptable alternate.
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