In addition to the CX-5 and its three new variants, official distributor Berjaya Auto Philippines (BAP) also announces the local availability of the 2015 Mazda6 sedan and Mazda6 Sports Wagon. We take a look at some of its game-changing technologies integrated in the car that would further improve your riding experience.
2015 Mazda6/Mazda6 Sports Wagon key specs:
2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine
SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed AT w/ Sport Mode
188PS @ 5,700rpm
250Nm @ 3,250rpm
Front MacPherson strut and real multilink suspension
19-inch aluminum wheels
Note: These features are present on Mazda’s 2015 CX-5 as well.
Mazda’s infotainment center
For its cockpit, the company designed it in a way that operation of its 7-inch display (which is its main infotainment center) would be easy and unobtrusive while driving. The screen is located on top of the center console, while navigation can be through a rotary commander which is at the center console behind the gearshift.
Users can also opt to just use voice commands or tap on the display itself to queue and play different media.
MZD Connect caters to the tech-savvy by helping you stay online easily even on-the-go. It uses an Internet service which is cloud-based that utilizes radio-like audio format, making it safe to use while driving. You just connect a smartphone via Bluetooth and the system will use its data connectivity to get you access to your e-mail, SMS, and even to social media sites.
With it, users can listen to tweets and Facebook posts. Replying via voice and posting audio messages are also possible in addition to giving a Like on a post. Lastly, it offers Mazda’s proprietary apps like fuel economy monitor, maintenance reminders, and warning guidance.
Bose sound system
Both the Mazda6 and Mazda6 Sports Wagon are equipped with an 11-piece speaker from Bose (CX-5 has 9). We’ve seen a similar sound system on the Nissan Altima with 9 speakers and we already loved it — what more with 11 beautifully-crafted drivers.
The fun doesn’t end there as it also features Bose Centerpoint 2 virtual surround playback technology which, the company claims, analyzes the frequency of the sound source to deliver life-like virtual surround sound even though you play compressed audio.
Finally, its AudioPilot 2 automatically compensates for the effects of unwanted sound that comes from different road surfaces, varying driving speeds, and even open windows. This is possible by placing a microphone in the cabin that listens to ambient noises continuously, and uses an algorithm that analyzes the music signal and reduces the effect of unwanted noise.
Adaptive LED Headlights
Using four independently-controlled LED blocks per headlamp, the Adaptive LED Headlights system activates the high-beam lights for better visibility at night, but eliminates the danger of impairing the vision of an oncoming motorist by intelligently turning off specific lamps. With a camera up front, it senses the other vehicle’s position and adjusts its lamps accordingly to avoid shining too much light on it.
Lane-keep Assist System
To avoid unintended lane changes, the new vehicles have Lane-keep Assist System that activates once you hit 65kph and up. It uses the aformentioned camera to determine lane markings on the road and signals the driver if the tires are nearing and about to go over them. Additionally, it provides steering torque assistance to return the car safely to its intended lane.
With these tech features installed in their newest vehicles, riding them just became more enjoyable as well as safer for you and even other drivers. The company priced the 2.5-liter Mazda6 sedan at Php1,785,000, while the Mazda6 Sports Wagon is a tad bit higher at Php1,795,000.