Those prices are for cars equipped with Mazda's 143bhp 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Skyactiv-G petrol unit. The unit is also availalbe in 163bhp guise from £25,995 for the saloon, while a top-of-the-range 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol, offered in Britain for the first time, provides 191bhp and costs from £30,795. The range-topping engine is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard (manual is standard with the other engines) and features cylinder deactivation technology.
Buyers are also offered a Skyactiv-D unit, a 2.2-litre diesel offering 148bhp, with prices for that car starting from £25,795 for the saloon. Models with a 181bhp version of that engine costs from £28,235.
The latest 6, first shown at the Los Angeles motor show in December last year, is a rival to the Volkswagen Passat. Both bodystyles (pictured below) get new chassis settings that Mazda claims will make them handle better and be more comfortable to drive.