Prices will start from around £23,000.

Mazda has announced UK pricing and specifications for its new 6 saloon and estate. Prices will start at £23,045, going up to £32,795 with no fewer than 24 models available over four different trim levels – SE-L Nav+, SE-L LUX Nav+, Sport Nav+ and GT Sport Nav+. Phew.

Making its UK debut on the new Mazda 6 is the Skyactiv-G 2.5-litre direct injection petrol engine which comes with a cylinder deactivation system that the Japanese carmakers says switches seamlessly from four- down to two-cylinder operation to increase fuel efficiency without damaging performance.

The setup was previously used in the CX-7 SUV in global markets, but it has never been seen on UK shores. As predicted, an updated version of Mazda's Skyactive-D 2.2-litre diesel engine will also be available – that unit comes with a power upgrade to 181bhp.

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2018 Mazda6

'With new powertrain technology, fresh premium design details inside and out, revised model grades and more standard technology, the new Mazda 6 is a thoroughly re-engineered and refined update of our stylish flagship,' said Jeremy Thomson, managing director of Mazda UK.

The look and feel of the 6 has been enhanced both inside and out, with the exterior clearly influenced by Mazda's recent Kai Concept and the latest interpretation of the company's Kodo design language. Inside, materials such as Japanese sen wood are used to enhance the interior.

The new 6 might look better, but it's also a more refined car, with the addition of thicker floor and rear-wheel-housing noise insulation panels, plus body reinforcement to minimise vibrations. A new flat floor as well as completely redesigned bumpers improve the airflow under the car.

'On sale this summer, the new Mazda 6 is another example of our continued drive to deliver stylish, great to drive, high-quality cars that offer a unique form of Japanese-inspired style and elegance,' said Peter Allibon, UK sales director. 'With more technology and equipment, plus upgrades to engines and refinement I’m sure the Mazda6 will be more popular than ever with both fleet and retail customers.'

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