Xedos 6 debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1991. This is a four-door sedan with an impressive design, excellent build quality and rich equipment. The model has taken a worthy place among the middle class cars. You could even say that the Xedos 6 is an improved and more sporty version of the Mazda 626 on the platform with which it is built. Serial production began in 1992. For reference, in Japan, Xedos 6 was sold under the name Eunos 500.
The model was designed to raise the image of Mazda and show consumers that the cars of this manufacturer can be prestigious, fast and comfortable. The first sedans Xedos 6 had a sporty character and were focused on active drivers. It is noteworthy that this car was produced exclusively with one type of body - a four-door sedan. To give Xedos 6 swiftness, sacrificed the dimensions of the car. It is 135 mm shorter than the Mazda 626, 55 mm narrower and 50 mm lower. But the base remained the same - 2610 mm. The length of the car "podzhali", reducing the overhangs of the body, because of what "hurt" the amount of luggage, which is only 405 liters (minus 50 liters).
In fairness it should be noted that the luggage compartment can be increased by asymmetrically folding rear seat backrest. The interior is decorated with high-quality materials and is richly equipped even in the basic version. The ergonomics of the driver’s seat are good: all controls are logical, and their control is intuitive. Rear seats Xedos 6 are ready to comfortably take two passengers, the third will be cramped. In motion, the car pleases with an excellent balance of handling and smoothness.
Corner rolls are minimal, good stability on a straight line, while even large potholes are swallowed qualitatively by the suspension, without annoying passengers with unnecessary discomfort. The model was designed to be more “drivery” than the Mazda 626, so its suspension is stiffer and provides better stability. The design of both chassis is the same: McPherson racks are installed in front, three-lever and stabilizer bars in the rear. A few words about the safety of Xedos 6. The body has a deformation zone absorbing the impact energy, and the interior has a special protective capsule, reinforced with additional stiffness bars. Airbag for the driver was standard.
The model is equipped with an R4 engine with a displacement of 1.7 liters and a power of 107 hp. or V-shaped 6-cylinder engine with 144 hp Accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in 10.3 seconds. The maximum speed is 184 km / h. Xedos 6 was equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox or 4-band "automatic". Thanks to the use of disc mechanisms (front ventilated), and the “standard” ABS, the Xedos 6 brake system is distinguished by high efficiency.
"Sharp" steering, equipped with power, provokes an active ride. Comfortable ride, despite the sporty character of the car, is at a fairly high level. In early 1993, a four-wheel drive model with an automatic transmission appeared. The reliability of Japanese cars has long become legendary, and the Mazda Xedos 6 is no exception. This car is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a reliable vehicle that combines equally qualities such as style, comfort and sportiness. Mazda Xedos 6 - a car for those who prefer to be the owner of an unusual car and at the same time loves the active driving style.
In 1999, Ford Motors Corporation becomes the largest (33.4% stake) Mazda Motor shareholder. There is a large internal reorganization of the company. American management decides to stop producing Xedos 6.