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In the open database of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the People’s Republic of China, details have appeared about the EZ-6, a five-door car that will be produced at the Changan-Mazda joint venture. In fact, we are talking about the successor to the Mazda6: the design similarity is one hundred percent! However, from an engineering point of view, the Mazda EZ-6 is a complete clone of the Shenlan SL03 and Qiyuan A07, which means the chassis and power plant were developed by the Chinese partner Changan.

The length/width/height of the Mazda EZ-6 are 4921/1890/1485 millimeters, respectively, and the wheelbase is 2895 millimeters. In terms of the distance between the axles, the difference with the Chinese source is only half a centimeter, and the power structure of the body is the same. When viewed from the side, the similarity is most obvious, as visitors to the Beijing Auto Show were convinced of.

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The basic sequential hybrid Mazda EZ-6 is a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated engine (95 horsepower), an electric motor with 218 horsepower and a lithium iron phosphate battery under the floor. The alternative is a “pure” electric car with a similar battery of increased capacity and an electric motor with 258 horsepower. In any case, the drive is rear-wheel drive, and the maximum speed will be 170 km/h.

More details about the power reserve, equipment and market launch date are expected in the summer, when the Mazda EZ-6 enters the assembly line of the Chinese plant. And within a year, using the same recipe, the local Mazda branch will make the Arata crossover: its “donor” will be the Shenlan S7. Both models have the potential to go global.

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