Mazda 6 revealed

The all-new stylish Mazda 6 has made its public debut on the eve of the Moscow Motor Show

Sales of Mondeo-sized family cars are down, but that hasn’t prevented Mazda pulling out all the stops for its third-generation 6.

Revealed at the Moscow Motor Show today, and set to go on sale in the UK early next year, the 6 follows the CX-5 crossover by employing Mazda’s fuel-saving SkyActiv tech and swoopy Kodo design language.

The new car also bears a striking resemblance to Mazda’s Takeri concept, seen at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The nose is dominated by the same five-sided grille, with its lines flowing into the swept-back LED headlights.

Inside is a driver-orientated dash with a mixture of soft-touch and glossy materials. The car’s wheelbase is 105mm longer than before, at 2,830mm, which means there’s an extra 20mm of shoulder room in the front, and 43mm more rear knee room.

The saloon is 110mm longer than the existing hatchback, at 4,755mm, and wider and taller, too. As well as the four-door shown here, Mazda will offer an estate (the hatch has been dropped from the line-up), which is set to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.

The company says the new 6’s body is 30 per cent stiffer than before, giving even more precise handling – something for which the old car was renowned. Safety tech includes lane departure warning and the same autobrake system as fitted to all UK CX-5s.

UK engines and transmissions are expected to mirror those of the CX-5, with a 163bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, plus 148bhp and 173bhp versions of a 2.2-litre diesel. All are mated to six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.

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