2015 MAZDA 6 4-door sedan and 4-door with liftgate wagon

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Mazda’s flagship adds some tantalising new Brand evolving highlights to the award-winning KODO – Soul of Motion design and ultra-efficient lightweight SKYACTIV Technology.

■ Outside, the 2015 Mazda6 adds strength and depth-enhancing updates to the nose, lighting signature and wheels
■ Inside, the revolutionary heads-up cockpit adds new meaning to usability, including an array of new connectivity and infotainment technology
■ Redesigned interior featuring stylishly subtle high-quality materials
■ Several new active safety systems, with Mazda’s most advanced array of i-ACTIVSENSE protection yet, including full LED headlights
■ MZD Connect, Mazda’s unique in-car smartphone connectivity system

Exterior design
■ An evolved exterior reflecting the direction of the Mazda brand, including:
• a newly designed grill and signature wing* for a brawnier, more chiselled look
• a darkened high-lustre coating for the 19-inch aluminium wheels*
• sharper front and rear LED lighting signatures* with full LED headlights
■ The same prominent fenders and low rear-leaning coupé-style cabin for the solid stance of a highly responsive vehicle, alluding to the power lurking underneath
■ Available in five body colours, including the all-new Sonic Silver, designed to highlight the 2015 Mazda6’s uniquely beautiful body lines
Interior design
■ Methodical interior with new high-quality materials reflects the harmoniously sophisticated essence of the 2015 Mazda6
• redesigned centre console (also larger), instrument panel and climate control louvres
• sporty manual-style boot shifter for automatic models
■ High-end polished aluminium look for parts like the door handles and gearshift knob, with soft materials on items most often touched (e.g. the steering wheel)
■ Available in pure white (new) or black leather.

Connectivity, functionality & equipment
■ Takes the heads-up cockpit praised in the Mazda3 and all-new Mazda2 adapts it for the Mazda6’s roomier cabin with a human-machine interface that turns the car into an extension of the driver:
• ergonomic cockpit designed for driving with minimal eye movement, outstanding visibility and virtually no wasted effort on the part of the driver, also thanks to the symmetrical driving position and
extensive adjustment possibilities
• features the Active Driving Display*, the first head-up display ever on a Mazda6
• 7-inch touchscreen* positioned on top of the dash for better visibility and enhanced safety
• rotary commander* on the centre console, even easier to use and access with an electric parking brake – another
Mazda first – replacing the hand brake
■ MZD Connect*, Mazda’s in-car smartphone connectivity concept:
• works with the user’s smartphone, building on existing Bluetooth, email and SMS features such as voice recognition and hands-free functionality
• safely brings a range of free mobile content into the car, including…
> Aha radio with 100,000-plus broadcasts, from radio stations to podcasts and more
> Twitter and Facebook audio feeds, including posting options
> personalised location-based services
• includes Mazda’s vehicle applications like fuel economy monitor, maintenance reminders and warning guidance
■ Camera-based view monitor including park distance control
■ Seats offer better hold and ride comfort with enhanced structure and new vibration-absorbing material with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 6-way power adjustable front passenger seat.
■ Segment-leading rear legroom and knee clearance
■ Clever, easy-to-use features include the wagon’s lightweight tonneau cover and special levers in the boot to remotely fold down the 60:40 split rear seats
■ Top-class boot with capacity* of 480 litres (sedan) and 522 litres (wagon) or 1,664 litres (wagon, seats folded)
■ Additional stowage possibilities e.g. in the widened centre console and larger door pockets

Powertrains
The 2015 Mazda6’s high-efficiency 2.5L SKYACTIV-G direct injection engine is mated to the SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic tranmission, now with “sport” mode at the flip of a switch next to the gearshift for added linear responsiveness via faster downshifts and increased torque in direct response to pressure on the accelerator pedal. Standard on both Sedan and Wagon are the i-ELOOP, Mazda’s new brake energy regeneration system, and the advanced i-stop engine idle-stop system.

The 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G direct injection petrol engine features:
■ An exceptionally high 13:1 compression ratio
■ A balance shaft to offset the added vibration from the most powerful SKYACTIV engine to date
■ i-ELOOP as standard equipment

Output:
■ 141kW/187PS at 5,700rpm & 290Nm at 3,250rpm

Fuel consumption (combined) & CO2 emissions**:
■ with six-speed automatic: 6.3l/100 km & 148g/km

SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission:
■ Now with Drive Selection for all petrol models:
• changes into “sport” mode at the flip of a switch next to the gearshift for added linear responsiveness via faster downshifts and increased torque in direct response to pressure on the accelerator pedal
■ Features an extra-wide lock-up range clutch
■ Delivers quick and direct shifting SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission:
■ Features a compact, lightweight architecture
■ Delivers the smooth, crisp shifting of the legendary Mazda MX-5


Chassis and body
Suspension enhancements make the 2015 Mazda6 even more of a thrill to drive. Together with added insulation and targeted improvements aimed at noise and vibrations, it’s smoother and quieter than ever, too.

SKYACTIV-Chassis
■ Front MacPherson strut and rear multilink suspension enhanced for a flatter, smoother ride with:
• new front and back shock absorber structure
• optimised bushing shapes for the front lower arms

SKYACTIV-Body
■ Exceptionally quiet interior, with an extra focus on blocking noise paths intothe cabin from the road and engine
■ Reduced cabin noise by up to 25% with measures such as:
• adding more insulation and better door seals
• filling in spaces between door trim and panels
• using new floor mats and adding sealant between the body and floor undercover to shut out sound
■ Lightweight ultra-high strength steel helps bolster the body’s structures and with it crash safety
■ Among the lightest and most aerodynamic C/D models available, which also promotes fuel economy as well as road stability
• drag coefficient starting at 0.26 (sedan) and 0.28 (wagon) 

Safety
The 2015 Mazda6 features a wide assortment of advanced active safety technology*:

■ With four independently-controllable LED blocks per headlamp, the Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) system takes over the functions of High Beam Control (HBC), further improving night-time visibility by e.g. only shutting off those high-beam blocks that could impair the vision of an oncoming motorist (Mazda premiere)
■ The Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) evolves the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), alerting the driver of unintended lane changes at 65km/h and up, also providing steering torque assistance to return the car safely to its intended lane (Mazda premiere)
■ Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) rapidly blinks the hazard lights during heavy braking to warn ensuing motorists
■ Hill Launch Assist (HLA) controls brake pressure to help prevent the vehicle from rolling during hill starts
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* Availability depends on trim level and market

■ Standard four-way ABS with EBD (electronic brake distribution), EBA (brake assist), DSC (dynamic stability control) and TCS (traction control system) The 2015 Mazda6 also comes with a variety of innovative passive safety features:
■ Delivers excellent crash safety by more effectively absorbing and dispersing impact energy through the body structure using a multi-load path concept
■ A highly rigid impact-absorbing SKYACTIV Body, with more lightweight ultra-high tensile steel than ever
■ A front-end design with larger crumple zones to better prevent cabin deformation, also reducing repair costs following milder collisions
■ A strengthened cabin cage structure for superior side impact protection along with reinforced rear frame and bumper
■ Trim and other interior components redesigned to prevent or reduce injuries to occupants.
■ Anti-whiplash front seats delivering exceptional support and hold
■ Reinforced rear seat components to prevent luggage intruding into the cabin
■ Standard front, side and curtain airbags
■ A bonnet and body cowl enhanced to provide more give during contact with a pedestrian’s head and a bumper designed to protect pedestrians’ legs

2. Introduction
Ahead of the class

One notch better: Mazda’s current flagship clearly set the model apart from the mid-sized sedan and wagon mainstream globally. Now, the 2015 Mazda6 establishes a firm foothold for the brand at the gates of the premium arena.

All new-generation Mazdas have a special presence that forms a bond with their owners. Paving the way for other Mazdas, the 2015 Mazda6 intensifies this aura with a new maturity. And in doing so, Mazda has also heard what its customers have been saying.

This is why the experience behind the wheel of the latest version is truly inspiring. The new interior, based on the heads-up cockpit and featuring the latest human-machine interface, offers outstanding ergonomics to go with a new level of cabin quality. All in all, a sophisticated environment, smartphone internet connectivity included.

Also reassuring is the expanded array of active safety technology, which includes several clever new systems and Mazda firsts delivering added support for the driver, who is now more than ever able to choose the desired level of direct assistance.

Always a looker, the award-winning KODO exterior has been given added depth on the 2015 Mazda6 in the form of a more prominent signature wing and full-LED headlights with a sharper, bolder lighting signature.

The suspension, meanwhile, was restructured to smoothen out the road for greater ride comfort yet with increased stability and a better initial steering response. For the first time, the current Mazda6 generation is also available with company’s intelligent all-wheel drive technology, which features a unique front-slip detection warning system. As for powertrains, the 2015 Mazda6 retains the same unconventional combination of outstanding performance with top-class fuel economy.

The elegant refinement of the 2015 Mazda6 demonstrates that Mazda’s flagship has indeed arrived at a special new level. The evolution continues…

3. Design
Refined, modern elegance

When it was first launched in 2013, Mazda’s gorgeous new flagship was aiming for the top of its segment. Almost exactly two years later, the 2015 Mazda6 is even more striking – and more mature.

Recognition for the new-generation Mazda6’s harmonious KODO – Soul of Motion forms and textures wasn’t long in coming. As one of three finalists for 2013 World Car Design of the Year, it was in the company of cars costing several times as much as itself. In the Philippines, the Mazda6 was CAGI’s Car of the Year 2013.

Sales, too proved that it has what it took to attract the broad customer appeal obligatory for C/D-segment car globally. And the Mazda6 has been delighting customers with a combination of superior build quality and functional, practical beauty that one never tires of looking at.

To keep the fires burning, the 2015 Mazda6 gets a bolder and more elegant expression while retaining KODO’s sophisticated air and dramatic presence inspired by the movements of animals in the wild. Hence the stronger grille and a nose, evolved LED head- and taillight signatures, and redesigned high-gloss 19-inch wheels.

Tantalising shapes
The distinctive family face clearly says “Mazda”. The signature wings, a KODO trademark spanning from headlamp to headlamp through the bottom of the grille, get a more chiselled three-dimensional look. Matching fog light bezel trim emphasises this depth, while the redesigned grille’s six distinctive grey horizontal lines add further power and a sense of bulk to what was already a prominent nose. Together with the glinting eyes, the front-end expresses an even more dignified sense of purpose.

The new LED headlamps* now feature a revised layout and a sharper LED lighting signature. The 2015 Mazda6’s “glare” has a unified colour, as the fog lamps too get LEDs. It all adds to the sense of forward motion, speed and fearlessness. The rear combination LED taillights*, meanwhile, stretch further towards centre of tailgate for greater depth and an expression instantly recognisable as a Mazda at night.

Sedan or wagon, the 2015 Mazda6 continues to combine a muscular anatomy and vitality with a level of quality that sets it apart. Dignity and purpose combined in the unorthodox Mazda way clearly set its flagship apart from the competition.

Functional beauty
The 2015 Mazda6 retains the model’s distinctive bodylines, imbuing different sensations – faster here, more relaxed there – depending on how the light falls. The interplay between light and shadows produces an effect that one never tires of looking at.

The wings flow into distinctive character lines on the sides of the car, as if it were ready to leap off the ground. The sedan’s coupé-like cabin slides over the C-pillar into the short, powerful rear deck, stressing the firm footing. The wagon, meanwhile, adds practical utility to this lean, sporty stance. In either case, onlookers can feel just from looking at it what kind of a response to expect when behind the wheel.

The prominent fenders and compact-looking cabin set towards the rear highlight the large diameter 19-inch aluminium wheels, now offered with a darker polished finish for a deep three-dimensional metallic look that only adds to the car’s composed exterior. The five sets of contoured spokes underline the sense of dynamism and light, effortless motion. And they don’t just look good, either.

Engineers worked with designers to improve stiffness and thus resistance to deformation. The result is superior handling coupled with reduced noise, vibration and harshness.

Polished detail
Already a harmonious, uncluttered interior with tasteful coordination fitting a flagship, Mazda upped the level of quality with new shapes and materials, particularly in the front. A special effort was made to link the various components to achieve a handsomely integrated layout, for example with colour schemes fusing the cabin into a cohesive space. 

Indeed, cohesive nicely describes the heads up cockpit concept first applied on the new generation Mazda3. It partitions the interior into a snug driver-oriented space and open, airy passenger area, yet at the same time unites these zones with the consistency of the cabin style elements.

The centre stack and console received special attention, aided by the addition of an electrical parking brake (EPB) – a Mazda first – eliminating the handbrake lever in favour of a switch located behind the gearshift. This extra room enabled a cleaner look with more space on the centre console – now entirely on one level – for things like the cupholders and storage box. The gearshift lever on automatic models gets a sporty manual-style boot shifter, which replaces the gate shift set-up on the current Mazda6. Above it, the sleeker centre stack features an elegant piano black climate control panel, while the 7-inch display* is now located on top of the centre stack for safer viewing requiring minimal movement on the part of the driver.

Refined material
Among other things, the instrument cluster hood, door armrests and soft centre console elements like the new padded knee rests* feature elegant double stitching. The climate control louvres are a prime example of the attractive new materials used, and in a wider sense the coherently contrasting nature of the upholstery, chrome, polished aluminium and black elements of the 2015 Mazda6 interior. Minimising the use of hard plastics underscores the cabin’s refinement, enhancing the expressions of motion, speed and stability – some of the Mazda6’s traditional strengths. A freshly designed instrument cluster and rotary commander* round out the changes.

As for the upholstery*, pure white leather replaces off-white for a more vivid contrast with the black interior elements, while black leather interior gets deep red accents for the soft material on the instrument panel, door trim and floor console. Black fabric is also available.

Tastefully coordinated and expertly crafted, Mazda’s interior designers achieved an instantly recognisable level of high quality and harmonious elegance befitting the sporty yet distinguished exterior. Inside or out, it’s a style destined to uphold its appeal for years to come.

Body colours
Brand-new for 2015 Mazda6, Sonic Silver highlights the car’s solid look as well as the contrasts between highlights and shaded areas. Accentuating the dynamic KODO shapes while reflecting sky and surroundings, it adds rich expression to the exterior’s depth. The 2015 Mazda6 is also available in the special color Soul Red (extra cost applies), Blue Reflex (for Mazda Wagon only), Jet Black (for Wagon only), Snowflake White Pearl and Sonic Silver.

4. Comfort, functionality & equipment
At your fingertips

Mazda’s lauded heads-up cockpit and cleverly safe connectivity technology has arrived in the C/D segment in the 2015 Mazda6, for a refined cabin experience that aims to please.

The intensely competitive C/D segment is crucial for automakers. It’s where the cars best personify the reputation and the essence of a brand. At Mazda, that means fun to drive, efficient, safe and reliable. Having already lifted these qualities to a new level on the current Mazda6, the company exploited all the experience with cabin ergonomics it had gained since launching its new-generation flagship, also adding the latest in-car equipment. More pleasant to be in than ever, the 2015 Mazda6 puts the driver in complete control while completely relaxed.

The heads-up cabin concept maximises Mazda’s trademark Jinba Ittai feeling of oneness with the car. The a snugly laid-out cockpit puts all driving-related controls in the ideal position for operation with minimal physical effort or eye movement on the part of the driver. The front passenger space, meanwhile, imparts a sense of space and well-being. Both sides have the benefit of the human-machine interface (HMI), redesigned for outstanding usability and enhanced blind operation. So the driver can focus on the road and passengers relax and enjoy the ride.

No small feat considering that the 2015 Mazda6’s advanced on-board systems provide a lot of information. Top priority was given to letting the driver effectively and safely digest it. Hence the Active Driving Display*, the first head-up display ever on a Mazda6. It shows real-time vehicle information in the driver’s forward line of view at 1.5m in front of his or her eye point to minimise focal adjustment. Under normal conditions, the vehicle’s speed would be at the top of the display. But an urgent active safety warning would immediately displace this information, reverting once the danger had passed. Of course, all the usual vehicle data is also displayed on the instrument cluster, which was redesigned for enhanced visibility and a quality feel.

Online always
Offline is something occupants of the 2015 Mazda6 need never be again thanks to MZD Connect*, which together with a Smartphone (with the appropriate data plan) delivers safe access even when on the move to internet services such as Aha. The cloud-based internet platform features free web-based content that uses a radio-like audio format and is thus safe and easy to use in a vehicle. Aha offers a large and growing choice of broadcasts, including radio, podcasts and audio books, as well as social media and personalised location-based services.

MZD Connect bolsters the Mazda6’s existing capabilities with voice recognition and hands-free functionality, enhancing the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity while expanding on email and SMS. Listen to tweets or Facebook posts, for example, replying with likes or posting audio messages. MZD Connect also offers Mazda’s own applications, including fuel economy monitor, maintenance reminders and warning guidance. Top-quality audio is taken care of by the premium 11-speaker BOSE® surround sound system. The new 7-inch display is the infotainment centre on the 2015 Mazda6. Located on top of the centre console, it’s now easier and safer for the driver to look at. Operation takes place either via the rotary commander*, which is located on the centre console behind the gearshift, voice command or on the touchscreen itself. Driving-related functions, in contrast, can be accessed using steering wheel controls*.

Mazda’s goal with the 2015 Mazda6 cockpit was a space that works as an extension of its driver’s limbs. The rotary commander, for example, is designed for blind intuitive operation. Like other cabin features, it keeps the driver alert and relaxed, even on longer journeys. The driver’s seat is therefore
equipped with elaborate adjustment functionality** – a movement range of 260mm front-to-back, 50mm lift and 30mm tilt, and a 98 degree recline – for the easiest access possible to key driving-related components. The steering wheel based paddle shifters on automatic models ensure optimal – but not accidental – access.

Stress-free control and a fun, safe drive necessitate a good overview of the surroundings, too. Designers made sure the driver would have a continuous field of view – front, side and rear – with minimal blind spots. The rearward position of the cabin and A-pillars increases the driver’s horizontal viewing angle, which makes cornering easier and safer. The A-pillar location (and the gap between them and the door-mounted side mirrors) also improves the driver’s vertical viewing angle, making it easier to see children or low-to-the-ground objects at intersections.

NOTE : NAVIGATION SOFTWARE AND MAP ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE PHILIPPINES MARKET

All within reach
Convenience is essential to an enjoyable drive too, so the 2015 Mazda6 interior offers added storage opportunities. The door pockets are considerably larger, while the centre console profits from the absence of a hand brake lever. It has made way for a small switch to control the electrical parking brake (EPB) – another Mazda first and standard equipment. Designed with safety in mind, the EPB disengages automatically when the accelerator is pressed to pull the vehicle away, but only if the driver’s seatbelt is on and the door closed, or manually when the engine is onand the brake pedal depressed.

As one of longest vehicles in its class, the 2015 Mazda6 is in a word spacious. From legroom and knee clearance to shoulder room, both the sedan and wagon offer extraordinary levels of comfort front and back, and are also easy to get in and out of.

The lightweight seats have been enhanced in the name of flagship ride comfort. Using a suspension mat rather than an “s” spring design, the front seatbacks conform better to the occupant’s body while dispersing their weight over a wider area. So they’re snug yet comfortable with superb hold and – like the positioning of cabin controls – promote good posture. Front and rear seat cushions, meanwhile,
now have a special urethane foam to absorb unwanted vibrations.

Room to travel
The generous cargo space** (480 litres for the sedan and 522 litres for the wagon) are easy to get at thanks to the well thought-out boot and liftgate openings. Fold down the 60:40 split rear seats – a simple procedure using the levers located on each side of the boot or the release buttons on the seatbacks themselves – and raise the wagon’s maximum luggage capacity to 1,664 litres.

Premium BOSE® Surround Sound Technology
As powerful and uncompromising yet refined as the 2015 Mazda6 itself: The high performance 11-speaker BOSE® surround sound system should satisfy even the most discerning music lovers. More advanced than in the current model, it also weighs 20% less. And with circuitry that enables continuous low-power operation, it requires less cooling power, too.

This is the first Mazda audio system to feature BOSE® Centerpoint® 2 virtual surround playback technology, which analyses the frequency of the sound source to deliver a truly realistic virtual surround sound, even when playing back compressed signals or radio broadcasts.

BOSE® AudioPilot® 2, meanwhile, automatically compensates for the effects of unwanted sound from different road surfaces, varying driving speeds and even open windows. A microphone placed in the cabin continuously monitors ambient noise conditions, while a sophisticated BOSE® algorithm analyses the music signal and adjusts it to reduce the effect of unwanted noise.

11-speaker BOSE® surround sound layout for the all-new Mazda6
1 2 3 x 80mm Twiddler (neodymium mid-high-range speakers) in the instrument panel
3 2 x 25mm neodymium tweeters in the instrument panel
4 2 x 230mm Nd woofers in the front doors
5 2 x 135mm wide-range speakers in the rear doors
6 2 x 60mm Twiddler (mid-high-range speakers) in the rear deck
7 High-performance digital amplifier with BOSE® Digital Signal Processing:
■ 8 channels of customised equalisation
■ AudioPilot® 2 Noise Compensation Technology
■ Centerpoint® 2 Signal Processing
■ Surround-Stage® Signal Processing
■ AudioPilot® 2 system microphone in the instrument panel

5. Powertrains

Driven by the ultra-efficient SKYACTIV powertrain, the 2015 Mazda6 guarantees an unconventional combination of brisk performance and frugal fuel consumption.

The 2015 2.5L SKYACTIV-G direct injection ultra high compression petrol engine efficiently provide power through the six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmissions, the latter now with Drive Selection*.

Press the accelerator, and the car responds immediately and with precision to the degree of pressure placed on the pedal, delivering strong yet refined linear acceleration. With the intake and exhaust tuned to eliminate undesirable high-frequency sounds while maintaining the vibrant low-frequency band, they sound good too.

Sporty and civilised
The 2015 Mazda6 is as quiet as a refined C/D car should be at constant cruising speeds, erupting into a truly exciting resonance when accelerating. Mazda’s i-stop idle-stop system and the company’s unique i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system work in perfect harmony. Together with SKYACTIV powertrains and the lightweight yet rigid SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis, they contribute to superb fuel economy and CO2 emissions. At Mazda, efficiency applies to all variants – and with no compromise to performance.

The most powerful is the SKYACTIV-G 2.5, the largest SKYACTIV engine to date, producing 188PS at 5,700rpm and 250Nm at 3,250rpm and, with the automatic, propelling the 2015 Mazda6 from 0 to 100km/h in only 7.8 seconds and a top speed of 223km/h.

Mazda overcame the NVH issues associated with this brawnier engine by adopting a balance shaft to offset vibration. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 features a special exhaust manifold setup, enhanced fuel spray characteristics and much more to deliver exceptional low and mid-range torque along with unprecedented fuel efficiency for petrol engines at these displacements. In the combined cycle, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 uses 6.3l/100km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 148g/km*.

The highly-refined six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission available for all Mazda6 engine variants is extremely well balanced, delivering remarkably smooth shifting along with the direct feel of a manual. And it now features standard Drive Selection on petrol engines, enabling the driver to change into “sport” mode at the flip of a switch next to the gearshift for faster downshifting and added torque in response to accelerator pressure – reassuring when merging onto a high-speed motorway, for example.

SKYACTIV-G: Petrol technology for the real world
Highlights
■ A range of naturally-aspirated four cylinder engines with unusually high compression 13:1 for the 2.5-litre – delivering:
• extraordinary power and low to mid-range torque
• superb fuel economy – particularly in the real world
■ A 4-2-1 exhaust system utilising an extended manifold structure to reduce the amount of residual exhaust gas in the combustion chamber, thus helping:
• prevent knocking (abnormal combustion)
• reduce vibrations
■ Multi-hole injectors with six nozzles enhance fuel spray for more efficient combustion and improved cooling, also helping prevent knocking
■ A special piston cavity reduces cooling losses
■ Dual S-VT (sequential valve timing) optimises air intake and exhaust valve timing according to engine operating conditions, minimising pumping losses
■ All engines feature lighter components and reduced internal friction, improving performance as well as fuel economy and CO2 emissions
■ All engine-transmission combinations come standard with the i-stop idle-stop system
■ The i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system is also available

SKYACTIV-Drive: The direct, linear automatic
Highlights
■ An extremely well balanced fuel-saving six-speed automatic that offers smooth, refined shifting and the direct feel of a manual transmission, also combining the benefits of the various types of automatics available:
• better shift response, faster downshifting and easier starts than a dualclutch transmission
• smoother, more comfortable shifting than dual-clutch or conventional torque converter transmissions
• better fuel economy than a CVT at high speeds and a torque converter unit at low speeds with a more direct feel than either at any speed
■ Features Drive Selection for more responsiveness in “sport” mode:
• simply flip the switch next to the gearshift for faster downshifts and extra torque in response to added pressure on the accelerator pedal
• standard on all 2015 Mazda6s with SKYACTIV-Drive
■ Manual style boot shifter replaces gate set-up
• paddle shifters* also offered
■ Kickdown switch prevents undesirable downshifting using a detent to increase resistance at a certain position in the accelerator pedal stroke:
• thereby telling the driver when a kickdown is imminent
• avoid unwelcome downshifts by easing off pressure on the pedal (so the SKYACTIV-Drive does not shift before all available torque is used)
• or use added pressure to initiate a downshift (so the SKYACTIV-Drive shifts sooner to immediately deliver the desired torque

i-ELOOP:
Harnessing brake energy Short for “Intelligent Energy Loop”, Mazda’s fuel-saving i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system is the world’s first such passenger car technology to utilise a capacitor to store electricity recovered during braking.

Previously, the limited charging and power storage potential of the lead acid starter batteries typically used in automobiles was one issue that hindered the effectiveness of regenerative braking. Therefore, after analysing everyday driving conditions, Mazda focused on the recurring deceleration and acceleration cycle. Determining that a typical deceleration phase lasts only about 10 seconds, they adopted an electric double-layer capacitor (EDLC) rather than a dedicated battery to capture and temporarily store the recovered electricity quickly.

The system uses a 12V-25V variable voltage alternator to efficiently generate power from the moment the accelerator is released, fully charging the EDLC in as little as 7-10 seconds – well within a single deceleration cycle. Another benefit of EDLCs is that, unlike the lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, they can be recharged again and again with minimal deterioration.

After recharging, the DC/DC converter steps down the voltage of the electricity in the EDLC to 12V to power components like the climate control and audio systems. Any surplus electricity goes to the starter battery. A full capacitor charge is enough to run the vehicle’s electrical systems for long enough that there is no need to revert to battery power even when Mazda’s i-stop system has shut the car off at a traffic light. During stop-and-go city driving, charging often resumes before the capacitor is fully discharged. As a result, i-ELOOP can produce most if not all of a vehicle’s electricity needs, freeing up engine output normally required to drive the alternator.

i-ELOOP thereby improves fuel economy by up to 10% under everyday urban driving conditions.

i-stop: Standard efficiency
i-stop is Mazda’s innovative, intelligent idle-stop system. Standard equipment on the 2015 Mazda6 – it’s the only idle-stop system available that uses combustion energy for the restart. In addition to saving fuel, this enables some of the fastest restarts in the industry: 0.35 seconds.

i-stop uses a refined control module to switch off the engine in the ignition/expansion stroke (petrol), the optimum cycles for restarting. In fact, i-stop actually waits for the moment the cylinders are in the ideal restart position. And this all takes merely a spilt second. Conventional systems only identify which cylinder is in the correct stroke position after an electric starter turns the crankshaft to begin the restart. And in the meantime, Mazda drivers and passengers can still use the vehicle’s electric-powered systems.

6. Chassis & Body
Smoother, quieter and a master of footwork

The 2015 Mazda6’s SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis, including a reworked suspension, turn going through a curve into a truly exhilarating experience. And now it’s smoother and quieter, too.

The SKYACTIV-Chassis on the 2015 Mazda6 retains its unusually crisp handling with a front MacPherson strut and rear multi-link suspension system. Except that Mazda’s engineers have raised ride comfort to a new level by enhancing the shock absorbers and revising the front lower arm bushings.

The front shocks feature a newly structured piston with a revised control valve and higher friction oil. As a result, they can be tuned to deliver more damping force at low piston speeds, meaning in response to small inputs, and less at high piston speeds, or input that causes sudden upward pressure. In addition, the front lower arm bushings were re-engineered to maintain their shape under load. This means smoother arm movement and with it increased stability when it comes to spring behaviour.

The rear shocks, meanwhile, now have wider pistons for more damping force earlier in response to even minute levels of input from the road. Mazda also reduced the jolt sensation and improved the ride quality by adopting a friction control seal and optimising the shape of bottom valve, thus enhancing the damping response and high speed stability. The upshot is a smoother, “flatter” bump-suppressing ride along with a better initial steering response and cornering stability.

Flagship comfort

Remarkably stable for being so lightweight, the SKYACTIV-Chassis delivers outstanding braking. In fact, the shorter brake pedal stroke and optimal brake disk cooling help maintain the Mazda6’s segment-leading stopping distances. It is just one of the benefits of Mazda’s efforts in recent years to balance the fundamentally contradictory characteristics of refined, supple motion and light, agile motion. To enhance the linear connection between the driver and basic vehicle functions like accelerating, turning and of course stopping. To turn the car into an extension of its driver.

The 2015 Mazda6 combines exceptional low to medium speed agility and highspeed straight-line stability. Steering input from the driver always delivers a faithful response, and road feedback is immediate.

The column-type electric power assist steering system features a class-leading 14.2 gear ratio for agile steering without having to change hand positions on the steering wheel. This makes winding roads more fun and urban driving less tiresome. A range of sensors feed data to the system, which it uses to adjust steering sensitivity for nimbleness at lower speeds while suppressing disturbances for better stability on rough roads and at high speeds.

The lightweight yet highly rigid body, meanwhile, only serves to further support the strengths of its advanced powertrains while providing occupants with top-class crash protection. SKYACTIV Technology is clearly about achieving the best possible balances, and the SKYACTIV-Body is noexception. Like the SKYACTIV-Chassis, Mazda boosted strength and stiffness while shedding kilograms. High and ultra-hightensile steels accomplish both, so Mazda used them on 20% more of the body by weight than the previous generation model. A benefactor of the “gram strategy”, Mazda’s obsession with cutting weight, the sedan (1,300kg) and wagon (1,305kg) remain among the lightest in their segment. They’re also among the most aerodynamic, too, with a drag coefficient of 0.26-0.28, depending on trim and body style.

Agreeably peaceful
Mazda paid special attention on the 2015 Mazda6 to making the cabin of its new flagship as tranquil as possible in terms of noise, vibration and harshness. Looking to block noise paths and concentrate soundabsorbing materials where most effective, the engineers filled in the spaces between door trim and panels, also adding sealant between the body and floor undercover. Together with additional insulation, new floor mats and better door seals, the cabin of Mazda’s flagship is more peaceful than ever. This also means less vibration, particularly in conjunction with the improved suspension and seat structure.

7. Safety
Got you covered

Safety is an inherent part of driving fun, and that’s what is behind the Mazda Proactive Safety philosophy. The aims: Minimise the risks that can lead to an accident and maximise the range of conditions under which the driver can safely operate the vehicle.

Mazda Proactive Safety offers various technologies to support the driver’s cognition of the conditions on the road and judgment in dealing with them. The philosophy is continually evolving, as demonstrated by the 2015 Mazda6. It gets all Mazda’s latest offerings* including Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM).

A brand-new camera-based system, ALH combines glare-free LED high beams and wide-range low beams. The former divides each headlamp into four LED blocks, which can be independently extinguished to avoided impairing the vision of oncoming or preceding motorists, yet still deliver superb nighttime visibility from the remaining high-beam blocks. The wide-range low beams, meanwhile, use part of the 2015 Mazda6 lighting signature as the headlights, broadening lowbeam coverage to greatly improve visibility at place like intersections. ALH, which also includes an auto-levelling function in highway mode, takes over the function of High Beam Control (HBC).

To counter driver inattention or fatigue, Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) monitors the vehicle’s position based on road markings. Camera-based like the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) it incorporates, LAS warns the driver of unintentional lane changes. It does so by vibrating the steering wheel, but goes much further in also providing steering torque assistance to return the car safely to the middle of the intended lane. There are two settings, one providing constant steering assistance and the other only when an unintentional lane change becomes inevitable. Operating at 60km/h and up, LAS recognises intentional lane changes when for example the signal lights are engaged.
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* Safety system availability depends on trim level and market

Smart technology

Hill Launch Assist (HLA), Emergency Stop Signal or ESS (which flashes the four-way hazards automatically during heavy braking), four-way ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and brake assist (EBA), dynamic stability control (DCS), and traction control (TCS) round out the 2015 Mazda6’s i-ACTIVSENSE line-up. With the ergonomics enhancing cockpit and human machine interface described in previous chapters, the driver is in the perfect position to take full advantage of all this technology.

There’s no such thing as 100% security, however, and all this active safety technology won’t necessarily help drivers prevent every single accident. But should one occur, the 2015 Mazda6 was designed to provide the utmost in protection.

Solid structure
Passive safety – what counts during an accident – starts with the SKYACTIV-Body. Lightweight but rigid thanks among other things to all the high-tensile steels (see chapter 6), it efficiently absorbs impacts from all directions and/or disperses crash energy to keep the cabin intact.

Frontal impact forces, for example, are absorbed by crush cans in the engine compartment and channelled through the SKYACTIVBody’s multi-load paths. To create a larger crumple zone, the front suspension crossmembers are designed to detach from their mountings. Milder frontal collisions (up to 15 km/h) are absorbed by easy-to-replace bolted-on parts, preventing damage to pricier front frame and engine components.

Mazda’s “triple-H” cage structure around the cabin, which links roof members, B-pillars and underbody members in uninterrupted ring structures, comes into play during a side impact. The enhanced size, shapes and strength of pillars and bars – the B-pillars and door impact bars, for example, are made from ultrahigh tensile steel – prevent the cabin from deforming.

And to protect occupants during a rear-end collision, the 2015 Mazda6’s straight underbody members and cross-sectional rear frame effectively absorb and disperse crash energy. The rear bumper, too, has an innovative reinforcing cross shape to limit protrusion by absorbing added force over a shorter crumple space. The 2015 Mazda6 thus delivers worldclass safety – with no compromise to its stunning KODO looks.

Inside, a range of occupant-protecting features includes door armrests that split during a side impact to soften contact, rear seatbacks reinforced with high-tensile steel to enhance cabin integrity and prevent luggage intrusion, and anti-whiplash front seats. In
fact, shear and tensile loads on the neck are top class for front occupants.

Clever details
In addition to standard front, side and curtain airbags, the front seatbelts combine pretensioners, which tighten the belts during an accident, and load limiters to avoid excessive pressure to the chest. ISOFIX connections with top tether anchors for quick and secure child seat installation are also standard on the 2015 Mazda6.

Mazda is always striving to stay ahead of increasingly strict pedestrian safety standards. The 2015 Mazda6 is therefore equipped with bonnet hinges that yield downward (vertically) to help prevent head injuries, but without diminishing their longitudinal (horizontal) strength, which inhibits the bonnet from moving back towards the cabin. Mazda also used a special material on the bonnet and front suspension towers that gives during an impact with a pedestrian, but still resist deformation if for example someone leans on it. The body cowl and bumpers also a feature pedestrianfriendly design. Rated at with five Euro NCAP stars, the 2015 Mazda6 remains one of the safest in its class.

Eli

Eli has 28 years of extensive IT sales expertise in Data, voice and network security and integrating them is his masterpiece. Photography and writing is his passion. Growing up as a kid, his father taught him to use the steel bodied Pentax and Hanimex 135mm film and single-direction flash, Polaroid cameras, and before going digital, he used mini DV tape with his Canon videocam. He now shoots with his Canon EOS 30D. Photography and blogging is a powerful mixture for him.

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