The 2018 Mazda 6 is a middle-class car from the Japanese car brand Mazda. In Japan, the name Mazda Atenza is used for the same car. The 2018 Mazda6 followed the Mazda 626 in 2003. In 2008 it was replaced by a completely new, second generation. Unlike most cars in the 2018 Mazda 6 price range, the camshaft is not driven by a v-belt or timing belt, but by a drive chain. This has the advantage that it will wear much less quickly, but as a disadvantage that replacement is much more complex and expensive
The model range consists of a four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback, and a five-door station wagon. As was the case with the 626, Ford used the Mazda 6 platform as a basis for several other models, including the Ford Fusion as sold in North America. In 2006 the new version of the model was introduced, which was sold in Europe as Mazda 6 MPS.
2018 Mazda 6 Design
The Mazda 6 is based on the Ford EUCD platform, which is also used for the Volvo V70 / Volvo XC70, Volvo S60, Volvo V60, Volvo XC60 and the Volvo S80. The Ford EUCD platform forms the basis for various cars from the Ford group.
Its design is the result of the Mazda family feeling called “KODO design” and has been well received by the public, so as to be a finalist in the “2013 World Design Of The Year” competition. At the 2014 Los Angeles International Motor Show was presented a slightly updated version, the MY16, which introduces the new infotainment system called MZD Connect and used from the third generation of Mazda 3 (TFT display passed from 5.8 “a 7”), in addition to substantial changes in interior design and improvements in terms of acoustic comfort and small aesthetic changes, namely the introduction of a new horizontal grid front grille, a chrome frieze around the frame of the fog lights, the introduction of adaptive full LED headlamps both front and rear and new colors available.
2018 Mazda 6 Engine
Among the engines with the new series is introduced a new 2.5-liter petrol derived from the previous 2.3 liters. Capable of 170 horses is combined with the 6-speed manual transmission. Among the types of diesel debut the new 2.2 MZR-CD produced in Japan by Mazda available in the power stages of 163 and 185 horses, approved Euro 4 and with PDF filter as standard. Also renewed the small 2.0 MZR-CD now with 140 horses but with emissions and reduced consumption. In 2010 the new 6 MPS series was introduced, equipped with a 280 horsepower 2.5 MZR Turbo DISI engine.
The European engine range consisted of two petrol engines and two turbodiesels; at the debut the available engines were the 2.0 MZR 16V with 141 horses of Ford origin that also equips the Focus and a 2.3 MZR 16V of 166 horses, to which was added in 2005 the turbocharged variant from 260 horses for the MPS version and at the end of the same year the 1.8 petrol was added. The gearbox for the 1.8 engine was a 5-speed manual, while for the larger engines a 6-speed manual was offered as standard.
The turbodiesel were two 2-liter engines with 121 and 136 horses, initially without a particulate filter and approved as Euro, after which the house made available the filter combined with the Euro 4 homologation. With the restyling of 2005, the 136-horsepower engine was upgraded to 143 hp and was re-homologated according to Euro 4 parameters. The gearbox was a 5 or 6-speed manual.
Exclusive to North America was the version equipped with the 3.0 V6 engine with 24 valves of 220 hp combined with a 5-speed automatic transmission. In Japan the 2018 Mazda 6 also available in a four-wheel drive version combined with the 4-speed automatic transmission.