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Mazda6 saloon and tourer upgrades announced


The Mazda6 Saloon and Tourer models have been upgraded with technology updates, interior improvements and the introduction of G-vectoring control (GVC).

GVC is the first application of Mazda’s new series of Skyactiv-vehicle dynamics technology.

It uses integrated control of the engine, transmission and chassis to enhance the connection between car and driver to vary engine torque to optimise the load on each wheel.

“This ingenious and largely imperceptible system improves driver confidence, passenger comfort and vehicle handling via incredibly subtle manipulation of the powertrain,” said Mazda.

“By monitoring steering and throttle position when you enter a corner under power, GVC momentarily reduces the amount of torque delivered to the front wheels, thereby transferring a fraction more weight onto the front axle which allows the front wheels to turn more precisely.

“Even on a straight road, GVC can reduce driver fatigue and increase passenger comfort by cleverly taking away the perceived need for the tiny corrections that some drivers make when driving straight. In doing this GVC lowers driver effort and reduces the amount of head and body sway small steering corrections can create for passengers.”

With diesel models accounting for around 75% of UK sales, the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D engine features two key improvements designed to increase responsiveness and reduce engine noise: transient control and Mazda’s natural sound smoother technology (NSS).

By reducing turbo lag and boosting torque, transient control provides a more positive throttle response.

Designed to reduce diesel knock noise during starting and low-speed acceleration, NSS suppresses resonance from the piston and connecting rod by using a dynamic damper inside the piston pin.

Upgraded door seals, tighter tolerances between panels and sound deadening materials added to the underbody, rear console, headliner and doors, laminated front side windows also reduce noise.

The Mazda6 is available in eight colours including Mazda’s new machine grey metallic, which having featured on the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at the 2016 New York Motor Show, goes into production on the Mazda6.

Inside, the revised Mazda6 features a new leather steering wheel that on Sport Nav models is heated.

Other premium upgrades to range-topping Sport Nav models include an enhanced head up display that features colour and traffic sign recognition (TSR) for the first time, plus electric memory seats that now also adjust the head-up display.

While from SE-L Nav models upwards auto power-folding mirrors are standard, and Mazda’s smart city brake support (SCBS) low-speed collision mitigation braking now features pedestrian recognition.

Upgraded cars arrive in dealerships later this autumn. Pricing is unchanged.

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