Following the revised Mazda 6 sedan’s reveal at the LA Auto Show last November, the wagon has now received the same updates as it debuts at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Like the Mazda 6 sedan, it’s not a new generation model. Rather, it is a heavily facelifted one, now utilizing Mazda’s latest iteration of its Kodo design language, which was inspired from the Vision Coupe Concept. It now gets a larger grille with slimmer Adaptive LED Headlights. This brings the Mazda 6’s face in line with the all-new CX-5 and CX-9 crossover SUVs. The 19-inch wheels are equally gorgeous, and so is the interior, which features plenty of premium treatments that easily make the new Mazda 6 the most premium-feeling car in its segment.
While the midsize sedan segment isn’t really known to have drab interiors, Mazda’s might as well compete with the luxury segment at this point already. It receives a new and slightly revised dashboard design, which looks extremely good looking and brings out a luxurious vibe. Due to the popularity of the high trim Grand Touring and Signature versions of the Mazda CX-9 in the USA (55% of which are sold in these trims), Mazda is offering luxury creature comforts like Nappa Leather, UltraSuede, and Sen wood trim as options. The seats have also been revised for better ergonomics and comfort, too. Modern touches such as a 7-inch TFT LCD now sits in the gauges, while the MZD Connect with an 8-inch freestanding display and head-up display remains. We hope these luxury options will be offered in the Philippines, too.
Once it goes on sale in Europe, the facelifted Mazda 6 sedan and wagon will be available in five engines, with all engines receiving improvements in refinement and efficiency. There’s three petrol engines, a SKYACTIV-G 2.0 which has outputs of 145 hp and 165 hp, and a SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine developing 194 hp and 258 Nm of torque. There’s a diesel SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine producing 150 hp and 380 Nm, and a more powerful version which produces 184 hp and 445 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the petrol turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine that debuted in the US-market Mazda 6 sedan won’t make it in Europe.
Mazda has also made many changes to the chassis for less vibrations, better ride control, refinement, and more quietness. A new rigid-mounted steering rack should improve steering feel further and response.
Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE has also been updated, which is highlighted by its updated Mazda Radar Cruise Control, which now works all the way to a complete stop.