Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the launch of the fully remodelled Mazda Atenza, also known as Mazda6 overseas. The redesigned Atenza now comes in both a hatchback and sports wagon body styles. With Sedan, Sport (5-door hatchback), and Sport Wagon, Mazda's mid-size car will go on sale at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.
Launched earlier in 2002, Mazda Atenza was the first of the new generation stylish, spirited range from Mazda. Developed along the lines of Mazda's Zoom-Zoom evolution concept, the theme for the all-new Mazda Atenza's design is 'bold and exquisite'. All three body styles are a combination of strenuosity and delicate grace. The sophisticated and sporty interiors mixed with comfort and a sense of security makes driving a real experience.
Like its predecessors, the new Mazda combines style and performance. Moreover, it has also gone one step ahead through enhanced environmental and safety performance worthy of the high-speed long-distance touring car. With top class aeromechanics, it has features like enhanced high speed stability, ride quality and quietness, ensuring improved comfort levels.
Mazda's newly developed MZR 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine, mated to five-speed and six-speed automatic transmissions which are newly combined with Active Adaptive Shift (AAS) control, further evolve the exceptional driving dynamics that were highly acclaimed on the first Atenza.
The new Atenza is larger than its predecessors, but has a comparatively lighter body. The increased use of high tensile steel has helped reduce its overall weight. In combination with the top-class aerodynamics, this also contributes to improved fuel consumption. A regular use of gasoline is now recommended to lower the running costs for all model grades.
Mazda Atenza has several new safety features incorporated, which includes Japan's first rear monitoring system. This system uses the radar to detect vehicles approaching from the rear and warns the driver when he is driving at speeds over 60 km/hr.
Another new feature is CF-Net (Cross Functional Network) functionality, a combination of switches on the steering wheel with a centralised display at the top of the instrument panel, which provide simple control of all systems, including air conditioning and audio. This feature will ensure lesser hand movement away from the steering wheel. Other safety measures include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Mazda's Traction Control System (TCS) as standard equipment on all the 2.5-liter model grades. All these measures just reinforce the concept of safe and comfortable driving.