When the expanded 26-strong line-up of 2009 new Mazda6 models goes on sale in January, prices will start at just £14,891 (OTR).  Mazda is taking the opportunity presented by the arrival of its all-new MZR-CD 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, with a choice of three power outputs, to also introduce some specification upgrades and one additional diesel model – offering both the low power (125ps) and mid power (163ps) engines in the TS hatchback.

Among the specification upgrades is a new standard equipment feature on 15 models from the £17,563 TS2 upwards – Mazda's lane-change ‘Rear Vehicle Monitoring System'.  This innovation will be a significant boost to safer driving.  Fully automatic, the new active safety feature employs two rear-facing radar units that detect and warn the driver of an approaching vehicle before he/she has a chance to move across into a busy lane by mistake.

"With retail and user-chooser company car drivers thinking harder and more carefully about their purchase decisions in 2009 and increasingly putting ‘badge snobbery' aside, I'm certain that with new Mazda6 we have ‘the right car at the right time' to grow our D-segment share next year," enthuses Mark Cameron, Mazda UK Sales Director.

"In its previous 140ps form, our diesel Mazda6 out-performed many potential rivals and delivered real financial benefits for our customers.  Now we have taken another big step forwards with all three 2.2-litre diesel engines providing increased power and torque, combined with class-leading fuel economy and modest CO2 ratings.

"New Mazda6's three-way choice of power and performance, plus even more refinement, will greatly boost this model's appeal to both user-choosers and retail customers. The availability of DSC (dynamic stability control) on all models and our new lane-change radar system on many models, will also make new Mazda6 even more attractive to fleet managers concerned to fulfil their duty of care," added Cameron.

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Refined, Responsive, Fuel-efficient, all-new Diesel

Overall, the all-new MZR-CD 2.2-litre engine offers substantially higher power and torque than the previous-generation 2.0-litre diesel, while delivering equal levels of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and weighing just 6kg more than the smaller capacity power unit.

Offered in three versions producing 185, 163 and 125ps of maximum power output and 400, 360 and 310Nm of torque respectively, the 2.2 will meet the demands of a wide spectrum of customers.  Excellent low-end response (from as little as 1,800rpm with a flat maximum torque curve that continues until 3,000rpm) contributes to the smooth and powerful driving feel.

It is one of the quietest and most powerful engines in its class, with a lively yet cultivated character that will offer a truly exclusive driving experience.  Every Mazda6 diesel comes with a six-speed manual transmission – fitted with a high top ratio (0.711:1) for quiet, relaxed and fuel-efficient cruising.

On the combined cycle, the new Mazda6 diesel returns between 51.4mpg and 49.6mpg, with CO2 figures of between just 147g/km and 149g/km for all 4 door and 5 door models.   Of the diesel estate models only the high power 185ps derivatives enter vehicle excise duty band D at 152g/km.  All other diesel models are placed in a highly competitive band C.  Combined with very attractive pricing, these CO2 outputs deliver outstanding Benefit-in-Kind personal tax rates for company car drivers.

The three new diesel powertrains for new Mazda6 retain, or hugely improve, the Zoom-Zoom, fun-to-drive, attributes of this popular Mazda.  Acceleration to 62mph with the 2.2-litre low power 125ps diesel takes just 0.2 seconds longer than the previous 2.0-litre 140ps diesel (10.9 compared to 10.7 seconds for the hatchback), while the mid power 163ps achieves 62mph in 9.2 seconds and the high power 185ps reaches that speed in just 8.5 seconds.

Five, Highly Specified Equipment Levels

Although Mazda is keeping the new Mazda6 range as simple as possible for 2009, buyers will continue to be offered a broad choice of powertrains and specifications, with each of the equipment levels – S, TS, TS2, Sport and Sports Luxury, highly specified within its price band.

For 2009, two S models offer entry to Mazda6 ownership from £14,891.  Comprehensive standard equipment includes: Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS), six airbags and ‘Active' front seat head restraints, 16-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking, manual air-conditioning, Karakuri 60/40 split folding rear seats, a radio/single CD audio system with 4 speakers and an auxiliary jack for MP3 players.

Nine TS models (from £15,869) add 14 items including: electric and heated door mirrors, cruise control, trip computer with speed alarm, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, leather steering wheel and gear knob, two additional audio speakers (total = six), a rear seat centre armrest and CF-Net steering wheel controls.

Priced from £17,563, eight TS2 models add nine items including: 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 R17 tyres, electric folding door mirrors, dusk-sensing automatic lights, rain sensing automatic wipers, an integrated Bluetooth® system and the new Rear Vehicle Monitoring System (RVMS).

Four Sport models (from £19,326), feature smart entry and push-button start, a 240W BOSE sound premium audio system with eight speakers, half leather heated sports seats, Bi-Xenon headlamps plus a much bolder visual differentiation from all other versions, with the ‘Sports Appearance Pack' fitted as standard on this model, while 18-inch wheels were introduced for the first time on a Mazda6.

Three range-topping Sports Luxury models (from £20,353), bring customers premium equipment such as full leather seats, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors and electrically powered sun roof.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Mazda6 S (two versions)

Mazda6 S (Hatchback) Petrol              1.8-litre, 120ps, 165Nm Mazda6 S (Hatchback) Diesel              2.2-litre, 125ps, 310Nm

Safety & Security Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS) All-disc braking system with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Driver & passenger front airbags Front side airbags Full-length curtain airbags Front seatbelt pre-tensioners with load-limiters ISOFIX child seat anchorages Thatcham Category 1 anti-theft alarm

Exterior 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres Body-coloured bumpers Body-coloured door handles Body-coloured side mouldings Tinted windscreen and windows Electric door mirrors Body-coloured mirror housings Single chrome exhaust tailpipe

Comfort & Convenience Remote central locking with dead locks Folding jack-knife key Global opening/closing for all windows Electric front and rear windows, with one-touch auto down Manual air-conditioning Power steering Remote release fuel filler flap

Interior Charcoal Black cloth trim Height & reach adjustable steering wheel Height adjustable driver's seat Driver's seat adjustable lumbar support Front centre console with armrest, storage and cup holders Karakuri 60/40 split folding rear seats (hatchback and estate) Radio/Single CD audio system with 4 speakers Auxiliary jack for connecting MP3 players Outside temperature gauge Lockable glovebox Twin sun visors

Mazda6 TS (nine versions)

Mazda6 TS (Saloon) Petrol 2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm
Mazda6 TS (Hatchback) Petrol 1.8-litre, 120ps, 165Nm
2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm
2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm (Automatic)
Mazda6 TS (Estate) Petrol 2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm
2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm (Automatic)
Mazda6 TS (Hatchback) Diesel 2.2-litre, 125ps, 310Nm
Mazda6 TS (Hatchback) Diesel 2.2-litre, 163ps, 360Nm
Mazda6 TS (Estate) Diesel 2.2-litre, 163ps, 360Nm

Additional equipment over S model... Black cloth trim Electric and heated door mirrors Cruise control Trip computer with speed alarm Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning Leather steering wheel and gear knob 2 additional audio speakers (total = 6) 60/40 split folding rear seats (saloon) Rear centre armrest CF-Net steering wheels controls Welcome Mode lighting Sliding function on front armrest Twin sun visors with illuminated mirrors Dual chrome exhaust tailpipes (2.0 & 2.5 petrol and 2.2 Diesel 185 PS only)

Mazda6 TS2 (eight versions)

Mazda6 TS2 (Saloon) Petrol 2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm
Mazda6 TS2 (Hatchback) Petrol 2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm
2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm (Automatic)
Mazda6 TS2 (Estate) Petrol 2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm
2.0-litre, 147ps, 184Nm (Automatic)
Mazda6 TS2 (Saloon) Diesel 2.2-litre, 163ps, 360Nm
Mazda6 TS2 (Hatchback) Diesel 2.2-litre, 163ps, 360Nm
Mazda6 TS2 (Estate) Diesel 2.2-litre, 163ps, 360Nm

Additional equipment over TS model... 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 R17 tyres Auto dimming rear view mirror Electric folding door mirrors Dusk-sensing automatic lights Rain sensing automatic wipers 6 CD-Changer Front fog lights Integrated Bluetooth system Rear Vehicle Monitoring System (RVMS)

Mazda6 Sport (four versions)

Mazda6 Sport (Hatchback) Petrol 2.5-litre, 170ps, 226Nm
Mazda6 Sport (Estate) Petrol 2.5-litre, 170ps, 226Nm
Mazda6 Sport (Hatchback) Diesel 2.2-litre, 185ps, 400Nm
Mazda6 Sport (Estate) Diesel 2.2-litre, 185ps, 400Nm

Additional equipment over TS2 model Black half-leather trim 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 R18 tyres Tyre pressure monitoring system Bi-Xenon headlamps with static corner lights Sports Appearance Pack: Sports front and rear bumpers Sports side skirts Sports rear spoiler Dark privacy glass in rear and rear-side windows Alloy pedal set Smart keyless entry system Start/Stop button Heated front seats BOSE premium audio system with 8 speakers

Mazda6 Sports Luxury (three versions)

Mazda6 Sports Luxury (Saloon) Petrol 2.5-litre, 170ps, 226Nm
Mazda6 Sports Luxury (Saloon) Diesel 2.2-litre, 185ps, 400Nm
Mazda6 Sports Luxury (Estate) Diesel 2.2-litre, 185ps, 400Nm

Additional equipment over Sport model Black full-leather trim Front and rear parking sensors Electric sunroof Power adjustable front seats

Deleted equipment over Sport model - Sports Appearance Pack

NEW MAZDA6 – PRICE LIST – JANUARY 2009

Model

Power Ps

'On the road' Retail

CO2 (g/km)

Road Fund Licence Band

Insurance Group

4-dr Saloon

2.0 TS 147

£16,389

166

E

9E

2.0 TS2 147

£17,563

166

E

10E

2.5 Sports Luxury 170

£20,353

192

F

13E

Diesel

2.2D TS2 163

£18,639

147

C

12E

2.2D Sports Luxury 185

£21,526

149

C

13E

5-dr Hatchback

1.8 S

120

£14,891

162

D

7E

1.8 TS

120

£15,869

162

D

7E

2.0 TS

147

£16,389

168

E

9E

2.0 TS AT

147

£17,416

182

E

9E

2.0 TS2

147

£17,563

168

E

10E

2.0 TS2 AT

147

£18,591

182

E

10E

2.5 Sport

170

£19,326

192

F

12E

Diesel

2.2D S

125

£15,869

147

C

8E

2.2D TS

125

£16,848

147

C

8E

2.2D TS

163

£17,464

147

C

11E

2.2D TS2

163

£18,639

147

C

12E

2.2D Sport

185

£20,498

149

C

13E

5-dr Estate

2.0 TS

147

£17,074

171

E

9E

2.0 TS AT

147

£18,101

185

E

9E

2.0 TS2

147

£18,248

171

E

10E

2.0 TS2 AT

147

£19,276

185

E

10E

2.5 Sport

170

£20,011

193

F

12E

Diesel

2.2D TS

163

£18,149

149

C

11E

2.2D TS2

163

£19,324

149

C

12E

2.2D Sport

185

£21,184

152

D

13E

2.2D Sports Luxury

185

£22,211

152

D

13E

NB ‘On the road' prices are inclusive of number plates, 12 months' road fund licence and first registration fee.

Factory-fitted Options

RRP

Mica/Metallic Paint

£385