Mazda6 fans who want more power now have it, thanks to the refreshed and more refined 2018 Mazda6 debuting at this year’s LA Auto Show.
New Turbo Option
The 2018 Mazda6 will now offer an available turbo engine — the turbocharged 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G found in the CX-9 crossover. This means Mazda6’s equipped with this engine will also benefit from its 250-horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It’s offered exclusively with an automatic transmission.
If you prefer a manual, you can still get that optioned with the standard 184-horsepower 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. It’s been tweaked and now comes with cylinder deactivation to reduce internal friction and up its efficiency.
Quieter, Smoother Ride
Mazda is also talking up a quieter, smoother ride similar to the one offered by the CX-9. The sedan now has a stiffer chassis for a smoother ride, better steering performance, and improved performance. The automaker also says it’s used thicker sheet metal in the rear wheel-wells and used thicker suspension trailing mounts to make it quieter inside.
In the looks department, it gets a sleeker-looking with a sharper nose in the front, a new grille and a sharper back end. There are new 17- and 19-inch wheel designs. It also comes in a gorgeous Soul Red Crystal paint color debuting on the sedan for the first time.
The interior is fully redesigned, and Mazda says only the steering wheel and small trim pieces carryover from the old model. The cabin comes with all-new next-generation front seats. Mazda says they are wider with firm yet supple support thanks to the use of high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam. They were designed to help keep front passengers’ spines in the natural S-shape humans use when standing. Rear seats also get the urethane foam treatment as well. Available ventilated front seats in the Mazda6 are a first for the brand.
New Tech Features
Inside, also look for a newly updated dash, plus a bunch of new available tech offerings. They include:
- 360⁰ View Monitor
- A reconfigurable 7.0-inch TFT gauge display (higher-trim models)
- A new 8.0-inch MAZDA CONNECT infotainment display
- Available full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
- Windshield wiper de-icer
- Windshield-projected Active Driving Display head-up unit
The 2018 Mazda6 is expected to go on sale in spring 2018. Pricing is still to be announced, but for comparison, the current 2017.5 model starts from around $22,000 and tops $30,000 for the highest trim.
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