2018 Mazda Mazda6 Release Date, Price and Specs – Roadshow

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Mazda has just unveiled the revised 2018 Mazda6 sedan at the 2017 LA Auto Show. Outside, the 6 hasn’t changed all that much. It gets a bit of a facelift with a new headlamp treatment and revised grille, both meant to evoke the “Mazda Premium” classing-up of its newest vehicles. And it’s still redundantly named. I roll my eyes every time I have to type “Mazda Mazda6,” but I digress. The biggest changes, however, are on the inside where you’ll find a new turbocharged engine and an overhauled cabin said to be more comfortable.

Underhood, however, the sedan gets a new Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine inherited from the CX-9 SUV. Feed it premium fuel and it’ll output 310 pound-feet of torque and 250 horsepower. (Step down to regular 87 octane and it’ll still make a reasonable 227 ponies.) Thanks to the automaker’s Dynamic Pressure turbocharger tuning, it makes peak torque at as low as 2,000 rpm. The Mazda6 has always been a fantastic handling car, but faced criticism for being a bit underpowered. Hopefully, we can finally lay that complaint to rest.

Torque reaches the front wheels via a six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission that Mazda says is more dynamic than your average automatic. An aggressively locking torque converter is said to remove a lot of the slush from this box.

The new Mazda6 will also continue to be available with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine. However, it gains new cylinder deactivation tech for this generation, able to drop down to two-cylinder operation when coasting at moderate speeds. I’m told that the technology adds about one mpg across the board, relative to the current model’s 30 mpg combined rating. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a four-banger pull this trick off before. It’ll be interesting to see it in action.

In the cabin, the seats have been upgraded to the Mazda’s new next-generation buckets with a redesigned S-shape said to improve spinal alignment and driving comfort. The rest of the cabin gets an overhaul with improved and more premium materials, textures and construction.

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The cabin has also been revised with a larger 8-inch Mazda Connect display and improved seats.


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The tech is mostly still the simple, yet effective, Mazda Connect infotainment system, only now it features a larger 8-inch display with improved color rendering. And ahead of the driver is a new 7-inch information display in the instrument cluster.

Driver-aid technology also receives enhancements in the form an available 360-degree-view camera system that enhances safety when parking and an available full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control system that now operates in stop-and-go traffic.

Expect the new Mazda6 to hit the road in the spring of 2018, most likely with a 2018 model year designation. Pricing and final fuel economy estimates should be fleshed out by then.

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