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2018 Mazda 6 gets minor cosmetic surgery and a new intelligent turbo engine

The new Mazda 6 receives a minor exterior face lift, a new interior and the CX-9's 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv engine as part of the flurry of updates for 2018
The new Mazda 6 receives a minor exterior face lift, a new interior and the CX-9's 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv engine as part of the flurry of updates for 2018
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The 250 hp 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G turbocharged four-pot taken out of Mazda's CX-9
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The 250 hp 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G turbocharged four-pot taken out of Mazda's CX-9
The dash of the 2018 Mazda 6 finished in Sen wood
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The dash of the 2018 Mazda 6 finished in Sen wood
Mazda has stiffened the chassis of the new 6 with thicker steel sections in the rear wheel-wells and thicker suspension trailing link mounts
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Mazda has stiffened the chassis of the new 6 with thicker steel sections in the rear wheel-wells and thicker suspension trailing link mounts
The new Mazda 6 retains the striking silhouette of its predecessor
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The new Mazda 6 retains the striking silhouette of its predecessor
The Mazda 6's updated LED headlights have fog lamps integrated, which cleans up the front end
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The Mazda 6's updated LED headlights have fog lamps integrated, which cleans up the front end
The Mazda 6 really stands out from the crowd with its rakish styling and swooping roofline
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The Mazda 6 really stands out from the crowd with its rakish styling and swooping roofline
For higher spec models, a 7-inch TFT gauge cluster and a head-up display can be optioned
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For higher spec models, a 7-inch TFT gauge cluster and a head-up display can be optioned
The new Mazda 6 ditches the horizontal-slat grille for a much more macho wire-mesh grille
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The new Mazda 6 ditches the horizontal-slat grille for a much more macho wire-mesh grille
The new Mazda 6 can be fitted with 17-inch or 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
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The new Mazda 6 can be fitted with 17-inch or 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
The turbocharged SkyActiv gasoline four-pot in the new Mazda 6 features cylinder deactivation which shuts down the outer two cylinders to help improve fuel economy
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The turbocharged SkyActiv gasoline four-pot in the new Mazda 6 features cylinder deactivation which shuts down the outer two cylinders to help improve fuel economy
The Mazda 6's interior is all new for 2018, with the use of exotic materials and new tech
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The Mazda 6's interior is all new for 2018, with the use of exotic materials and new tech
The Signature trim model (pictured) features Nappa leather seats, a Sen wood dash and suede-lined door cards
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The Signature trim model (pictured) features Nappa leather seats, a Sen wood dash and suede-lined door cards
The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The new Mazda 6 receives a minor exterior face lift, a new interior and the CX-9's 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv engine as part of the flurry of updates for 2018
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The new Mazda 6 receives a minor exterior face lift, a new interior and the CX-9's 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv engine as part of the flurry of updates for 2018
The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show
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The updated 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 LA Auto Show

Mazda has launched a new look, re-engineered version of its flagship sedan at the LA Auto Show this week. The new Mazda 6 retains the striking silhouette of its predecessor but receives minor chassis and exterior tweaks, a new interior and Signature trim level as well as a turbocharged SkyActiv gasoline engine with cylinder deactivation technology.

Apart from the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter gasoline engine and 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine on offer, the 2018 Mazda 6 now comes in a 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv gasoline four cylinder option that made its debut in the second-generation Mazda CX-9.

The 250 hp 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G turbocharged four-pot taken out of Mazda's CX-9
The 250 hp 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G turbocharged four-pot taken out of Mazda's CX-9

Power and torque are rated at 250 hp (187 kW) with an impressive 310 lb-ft (421 Nm), respectively, that is put to the ground via Mazda's six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. As part of the 2018 update, the turbo and naturally aspirated versions of this engine feature cylinder deactivation that shuts down the outer-two cylinders under low engine load to improve fuel economy.

The interior of the 2018 Mazda 6 is all new and is now being offered with the luxurious Signature trim level first offered in the current-gen CX-9. The Signature trim level offers re-designed Nappa leather seats, a Sen wood dash and suede-lined door cards to give the interior a more premium feel. In addition, the new Mazda 6 can be optioned with a 360-degree View Monitor, a configurable 7-inch TFT instrument cluster with a head-up display, an 8-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system, radar cruise control and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The Mazda 6's interior is all new for 2018, with the use of exotic materials and new tech
The Mazda 6's interior is all new for 2018, with the use of exotic materials and new tech

Mazda has been quite subtle with its exterior updates but some changes include a handsome-looking wire mesh grille, updated LED headlights with integrated fog lamps, the choice of 17-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels, and prominent chrome accents on the front that now extend further to the edges of the headlights.

Chassis updates include a rigidly-mounted steering rack to improve response and feel, thicker sheet metal in the rear wheel-wells and thicker suspension trailing link mounts to improve stiffness.

The new Mazda 6 is expected to go on sale in spring 2018 (Northern Hemisphere) with a similar price-tag to the current-generation model at US$22,000-31,000.

New Atlas is on the ground at the 2017 LA Auto Show, so keep coming back for all the latest news on upcoming models. Meanwhile, check out the LA Auto Show unveiling of the new Mazda 6 in the video below.

Source: Mazda

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2 comments
ikarus342000
Mazda is unique, besides technical they built the most elegant and stylish cars for my feeling.
Bruce H. Anderson
THAT is the car I want. With the turbo 2.5.