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Redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 Bows in Moscow

Redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 Bows in Moscow

By Jeff Youngs, August 29, 2012
The redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 sedan made its global debut at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show today, the second model in the automaker's lineup to receive a full suite of fuel-saving Skyactiv technologies, combined with styling adhering to the company's new "Kodo" design ethos, which translates to "soul of motion."

Mazda is clear in its press release that the information is for the Russian-market Mazda 6, so we'll be clear about that, too. That said, the next-generation 2014 Mazda 6 is designed to be a global model, a change in philosophy from the outgoing U.S.-spec Mazda 6, which was unique to the American market.

Expected to arrive in sedan and possibly wagon body styles, the new Mazda 6 rides on a longer wheelbase and features a larger interior than the old European-spec model. In a bid to improve fuel economy, the new Mazda 6 sedan's coefficient of drag is 0.26 cd in certain trim levels.

Two fuel-saving Skyactiv-G powertrains have been confirmed for Europe. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder estimated to generate 148 horsepower and 155 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard with this engine, with a 6-speed automatic offered as an option.

Mazda 6 buyers can upgrade to a new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with the automatic transmission. The larger engine is estimated to have 189 horsepower and 189 lb.-ft. of torque.

In addition to a low coefficient of drag and Skyactiv powertrain technology, the new 2014 Mazda 6 offers i-Stop automatic engine start/stop to conserve gas while idling in traffic or at intersections, and is the first Mazda model to receive the company's new i-Eloop capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system.

The 2014 Mazda 6 can also be equipped with new safety technology. In addition to adaptive headlights and a lane-departure warning system, a new rear-vehicle monitoring system detects vehicles approaching from behind or in the vehicle's blind spots. This model also offers a new Smart City Brake Support system that is designed to eliminate low-speed collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians, and an Emergency Stop Signal system that automatically activates the hazard flashers when the driver performs a panic stop.

Mazda expects the redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 to go on sale in the United States shortly after the beginning of 2013. Official details for the U.S.-specification version will be confirmed closer to that time.

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