Mazda6 Gets Reloaded with a Second Power Plant Choice

Joanna Estrada
November 30, 2017

Most noticeably, Mazda brushed up the 6's front fascia with a new grille and standard LED headlights.

Plus, Mazda says the 2018 6 is even quieter than 2017 model because of body reinforcements, thicker rear wheel well sheetmetal, extra bracing and thicker suspension trailing link mounts. Mazda6 carries a similar theme, called "Mature Elegance", creating an added level of sophistication to Mazda's KODO-Soul of Motion design language that complements its aspirational ambitions. But on the inside, almost everything looks new.

Inside, nearly everything is new.

Inside, the interior is all-new, with only the steering wheel and small trim pieces carried over from its predecessor.

Mazda's premium push continues with the just-announced 2018 Mazda 6 Signature.

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 three-row crossover SUV was a remarkable step for Mazda. Most noticeable is its horizontally stretched dashboard that accentuates Mazda6's width and belies a sense of subtle sophistication. The Signature trimmed interior on the Mazda6 includes materials used on the doors, seats and dash that were inspired by Japanese culture. The front seats have been redesigned and are wider to accommodate bigger American-sized buttocks.

New tech goodies include 360⁰ View Monitor, and a new 8.0-inch Mazda Connect infotainment display.

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So, inside and out the Mazda 6 will get a more premium treatment. The unit is shared with the CX-9 and produces 250-hp plus 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque.

While the new 2.5-liter turbo engine will come exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission, the standard-equipment, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four can still be optioned with a six-speed manual. That engine also can shut down two of four cylinders when not needed to save fuel.

Engineers gave the chassis an update as well.

The chassis has also been retuned to better optimize the balance between handling, ride, and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness).

Mazda says its redesigned 2018 Mazda6 sedan will have an upgraded engine, a new chassis providing a better ride, new interior and new top-of-the-line Signature trim when it arrives in US showrooms next spring.

Safety upgrades include a new 360-degree camera and the adaptive cruise control system can now bring the auto to a complete stop and start off again.

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