2008 Mazda6 | new car review

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 by

The 6 is ’s
answer to the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, not to forget Honda’s
Accord. This mid-size model was first introduced in 2002 ideally
replacing the then-aging 626 and has sold over one million units
worldwide since its introduction. It bought in the Mazda’s
new-generation design ethos: ‘Stylish’, ‘Insightful’, and
‘Spirited’.

For , the
moves to its second generation. A very handsome car, it’s so good
looking it’s almost unfair to the others in its class. It has a
strong legacy of being one of the world’s most popular sedans but
this fact is sadly not highlighted here in the Middle East. With its
competitors having moved upscale and bigger, the Mazda6 has also
followed suit taking along its zoom-zoom DNA mantra.

Although Mazda likes to
call its all-new 6 a 2009 model, the car is available here in
the Middle East alongside the 2008 range of other Mazda cars. Just
like the previous generation Mazda6 the all-new car will also
be available in three body styles – Sedan, Sport (five-door
hatchback), and Sport Wagon with 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre four
cylinder powertrains.

To deliver outstanding
driving quality with ample power at any time, Mazda opted for a
larger engine. The new top of the line MZR 2.5-litre engine is
derived from the former model’s 2.3-litre version. The
second-generation Mazda6 also inherits the MZR 2.0-litre engine
acclaimed for its spirited, reliable and frugal nature from the
previous model. Both powertrains come mated to either a six-speed
manual or a five-speed automatic transmission with power sent to the
front-wheels.

A much underrated car,
the Mazda6 is a proven performer and has been quite a hit in the
Middle East. It keeps on generating sales without shouting it from
the rooftops. With excellent interior ergonomics, sound engineering
and stylish design, it is worth looking at when in the market for a
mid-size Japanese sedan.

Technical Specifications
Engine     2.0-litre 4-Cyl   2.5-litre 4-Cyl
Torque     126 Nm   228 Nm
Transmission     Manual/Auto   Manual/Auto
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 64,800 upto 98,800*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

 

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