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The new Mazda6. That sober bodywork hides a lot of SKYACTIV technology

THE new Mazda6 goes on sale in the UK from 25 January. Prices start at £19,595.

There’s a choice of Saloon and Tourer (estate) bodies, along with 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

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The latest Mazda6 may not look like too much of a dramatic change from its understated predecessors – despite the much touted KODO “Soul of Motion” design language – but Mazda is emphasising that the new car benefits from a lot of its best SKYACTIV technology in order to achieve high levels of economy and safety, with the best models achieving 67.3mpg and 108g/km.

One feature, Mazda’s i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system, appears here for the first time, and will be fitted to most variants. The company claims it can improve economy by as much as ten per cent. The two litre petrol is available with 145 or 165PS outputs. The diesel comes with either 150 or 175PS.

The Mazda6 also benefits from the SKYACTIV-Body philosophy, using high proportions of high and ultra-high tensile steels in the interests of body rigidity for superior handling, and also for safety.

Other safety features, depending on model, include radar-based Rear Vehicle Monitoring, a lane departure warning system and Mazda’s implementation of active city braking technology – Smart City Brake Support (SCBS). The SE-L and Sport models, which get SCSB as standard, have been allocated lower insurance group ratings.

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