06 October 2012

3rd Gen. Mazda Atenza debut in Japan -specs & gallery

Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled the third generation Mazda Atenza in Japan, with delivery planned in late November this year. The introduction of the new Mazda D Segment sedan also marked the first view of the right hand drive version of the Mazda6, a name which it will be known worldwide outside Japan. Similar to what unveiled in Paris, two body styles will be available in Japan, sedan and wagon. Mazda has also released a huge gallery of the European version, so head straight down if you are only interested in the European LHD car.

For Japan market, there are two gasoline engine on offer, namely the fame 2.0L Skyactiv-G and 2.5L Skyactiv-G, both are high-compression ratio direct-injection engine. The former produced 155PS@6,000rpm and 196Nm@4,000rpm while the latter kicked out 188PS@5,700rpm and 250Nm@3,250rpm. The third engine on offer is the Skyactiv-D with 2.2L displacement producing 175PS@4,500rpm and 420Nm@2,000rpm. The petrol model can only be paired with 6 speed automatic transmission, while the diesel can be had in both 6 AT and 6 MT format. The sedan is 4,860mm long, 1,840mm wide and 1,450mm tall. The wheelbase is 2,830mm long. Amusingly, Mazda quoted a shorter wheelbase for the wagon, which 2,750mm. It is also shorter at  4,800mm and taller at 1,480mm.

The interior is a major departure from the current Mazda6/Atenza. Gone is angular symmetrical layout and in comes a high-mounted screen with colored separator between the top and bottom layer of the dashboard. While the Moscow and Paris car wears the reddish dashboard horizontal garnish, now we can see that there is another trim option available for the selected trim line.

Initially, the are limited trim-line for the 2013 Mazda Atenza. The 2.0L version is only available in the "S" variant, while the 2.5L model is available only in S trim with L package. The diesel engine is labelled XD and since there's only sole engine line, it is made available in either XD or pricier XD L Package. For the base S and XD variant, the equipment level include front fog lamp, iStop system, i-ELOOP regenerative braking  and stability control, multi-info display 60/40 split rear seat and leather-wrapped steering wheel, gearknob and hand-brake lever. The seat is fabric upholstered. The standard rim on the petrol is 17 inch item wrapped by 225/55 R17 tyres. The manual diesel version however comes with 19 inch wheel as standard, shod with 225/45 R19 tyres.
Mazda Atenza Sedan 20S version front view

Mazda Atenza sedan 20S rear view

The interior of S and XD package - noted the fabric and dashboard trim

Mazda Atenza Wagon 20S front view

Mazda Atenza Wagon 20S rear view
 The "L Package" available on the 25S and XD meanwhile adds Smart City Brake Support, Radar guided cruise control, Rear Vehicle Monitoring System, HID headlight and 19 inch wheel wrapped by 225/45 tyres.
Mazda Atenza Sedan 25S front view

Mazda Atenza Sedan 25S rear view

Mazda Atenza Wagon 25S front view

Mazda Atenza Wagon 25S rear view

The interior with L Package

Malaysian market gets the car directly from the Japan factory and hence the trim level here is a clear indication on what we will be getting soon. It is refreshing to see that the entry level trim for the 2.0L version gets 17 inch alloy and fog lamp unlike the current Mazda6 which is devoid of fog lamp and rides on puny 16 inch alloy wheel. With the launch rumoured to happen sometimes in November or December it won't be too long before we can lay out hands on these stylish car. More gallery of the JDM Mazda Atenza can be found after the jump.

Mazda has also release a boat loads of photos for the European Sedan and Wagon model. The gallery can be found below:

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