New Mazda 6 in red from production line

New Mazda 6 estate revealed

Mazda has revealed its all-new Mazda 6 estate, putting the wagon variant of the mid-size vehicle into production. The event was marked by a ceremony to commemorate the first example of the production-ready third-generation vehicle.

A European-specification Mazda6 tourer was the first vehicle to roll off the assembly line at the company’s Japanese facility. This confirms the new practical wagon version of the family friendly car will hit UK shores alongside a saloon variant early next year.

The new wagon gets a sleeker profile compared to the outgoing car, including Mazda’s new larger front grille, as seen on the Mazda CX5 crossover, more heavily raked D pillars and a sloping tailgate.

This new stylish look shouldn’t affect practicality though, and the estate will likely exceed the outgoing car’s storage space. A wide tailgate opening and a low boot lip should help here, as well as improving the ease with which luggage can be loaded into the trunk.

The latest 6 boasts Mazda’s new SKYACTIV underpinnings and features the firm’s Skyactiv-G 165hp 2.0-litre petrol engine. There’ll also be a 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine available in either 150 or 175bhp guise in the UK.

As a result of Mazda’s latest efficiency drive as part of its Skyactiv technologies, incorporating its i-ELOOP regenerative braking system, fuel economy and CO2 emissions (as low as 105g/km on some models, meaning £20 road tax) should be excellent.

The new car goes on sale in the UK in early 2013. For more information on the new Mazda6, visit our Mazda showroom in Bookham, Surrey or Orpington, Kent.

Alternatively if you are lucky enough keep your eyes peeled at the Moscow Motor Show where the all-new Mazda 6 saloon will be officially revealed to the public.