The hotly contested mid-size sedan segment has just got even fiercer. Mazda has been teasing the redesigned 6 sedan for quite a while, and it has finally broke cover at the Moscow Auto Show. Yes, you read that right – it is a curious choice given it isn’t a major show or market for Mazda. It definitely will get center stage there though, so that could be a bonus. At Mazda the previous generation cars all displayed a cartoonish look.
With the 6, that all changes. It has adopted Mazda’s new “Kodo” styling language, first previewed by the Takeri Concept and CX-5 crossover. The 6 takes things even further than the CX-5, hewing close to the Takeri. The new 6 has flowing and elegant lines that lend it a premium air. In fact, judged on these photographs we’d probably say this is one of the best looking mid-sizers out there, along with the 2013 Ford Fusion.
Welcome back Mazda – the original 6 was a hit, the second a dud. This one is far better than either – third time is the charm right? Moving inside, the interior strikes you as upscale again. But wait a second, we’ve seen this layout before – at Mercedes-Benz. There are only so many ways to structure an interior, but we do see strong C-Class influence in the interior – and that isn’t a bad thing in the least. The head unit navigation unit doesn’t seem to be integrated very well into the upper dash, but we’ll reserve judgement for in person. What the 6 has that the C-Class doesn’t is a sculptured door designed that flow into the upper dash. Very nice. Like past Mazdas, the seats are sport focused as well, with ribbed leather elements and a two-tone design. The interior trim can be body color if you so choose, a nice touch.
Powertrains haven’t been announced for the United States, but we do know it will be a range of Skyactiv four-cylinders. The aforementioned engines and Mazda’s “i-Eloop” energy recovery system and stop/start tech will help to greatly boost mileage figures. Mazda says the 6 will go on sale later this year.