The 2013 Mazda 6 Estate has been revealed, swathed in tinsel, in a ceremony at the start of production of the all-new model.
Pictures of the saloon version of the new Mazda 6 were released last week, but this is the first look at the estate version, which will go on sale at the same time. Both are due on sale in the UK in early 2013.
The single image shows a view of the new Mazda 6's side profile, which appears sleeker than the current model's.
Mazda has confirmed the new 6 will be sold only as a saloon or estate, unlike the current car, which is also available in hatchback form.
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The new 6 uses Mazda's Skyactiv technology, which combines lightweight construction with an efficient new range of engines and gearboxes. Mazda's i-Eloop brake-energy regeneration system makes its debut on the new 6, too; it stores the kinetic energy created when braking and uses it to power the car's electrical systems, thereby reducing strain on the engine and improving fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
More information on the new Mazda 6 will be released at the 2012 Moscow motor show later this month. Full details are expected when it makes its European debut at the 2012 Paris motor show in September.