2009 Mazda 6 Ultra V6 debuting in UAE
Few of our readers hinted that a V6-powered Mazda 6 was coming to Dubai. Then reader Ajmal tells me the UAE dealer for Mazda, Galadari Automobiles, will be launching the new car on December 15th of this year. In an interesting move, this V6 model will be the larger American-built version of the Mazda 6.
Indeed, the 2009 Mazda 6 Ultra, as is will supposedly be dubbed, is built in Michigan, USA. It is larger than the Japanese-built 4-cylinder models by 18.5 cm, and only comes in sedan form with unique front and rear styling. For the GCC, it will only by available with a competitive 272 hp 3.7-litre V6, offering 364 Nm of torque through the front wheels. The standard gearbox is a 6-speed automatic with tiptronic functionality.
Features seem to include everything that the competition has, including power accessories, starter button, stability control, multiple airbags, leather and CD/MP3 player, but I doubt the navigation system will make it here. Space is said to be finally as good as that in today’s oversized Japanese midsizers. Theoretically, this American-built Mazda6 should be cheaper than the competition, as the UAE dirham has a dollar peg, unless the dealer gets greedy.
It looks like Mazda is finally ready to compete with the big boys at the upper end of the midsize market, unless they botch the marketing campaign yet again. I have already seen ads for this car on the MBC channels in Arabic, but was originally confused as to why they were showing the US-spec car. It’d help to have some English ads on channels showing English shows.
Update: Our buddy Ajmal says there are two trim levels, and prices range from Dhs 102,000 to Dhs 108,000. Also, prices in Saudi Arabia are apparently cheaper by Dhs 12,000. No navigation is included. The top model has a starter button, 6-CD Bose stereo with 10 speakers, leather seats with memory, Xenon headlights, fog lamps, rear a/c vents which the current Mazda 6 does not have, and specifically for the GCC version, there are special chrome side mirrors with indicator lights as well as chrome on the front bonnet and a gold-plated ULTRA badge at the rear.
For the latest local prices, specs and fuel economy data, visit the Mazda 6 Ultra buyer guide.