2016 Mazda6 Facelift unveiled with updated design

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 24, 2014

At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda brought its facelifted 2016 Mazda6, an updated version of its stylish design that aims to fully respond to customer expectations. For this round’s updated, the 2016 Mazda6 Facelift arrives with a redesigned front grille, new headlamps, a new compact shark fin antenna as well as new LED taillights.

Moreover, the vehicle gets 19-inch aluminum wheels with a darker color for the high-gloss paint. Nine exterior colors will be available, including the new Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica.

The interior was updated too and the 2016 Mazda6 arrives with redesigned instrument panel and floor console, as well as the adoption of Mazda Connect, company’s next-generation car connectivity system and Electrical Parking Brake (EPB).

Mazda will offer a selection of black or white leather, or black or sand beige fabric interior materials. In addition, there is a seven-inch center display mounted on the top of the low dashboard.

The 2016 Mazda6 will continue to offer the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G direct-injection gasoline engine that produces 184 hp (137 kW) and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. The engine is bolted as standard to a Skyactiv-MT manual transmission or the six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission.

Mazda took a step further in making sure that the MY2016 Mazda6 will deliver greater driving experience with higher level of ride comfort and quietness. All thanks to Mazda-exclusive SKYACTIV Technology, the new Mazda6 is now more capable of making the drivers feel that they are one with their cars, thereby allowing them to experience better driving enjoyment.

For the latest update of the SKYACTIV Technology, Mazda’s development team focused on improving the vehicle’s NVH and seat performance and adopted Drive Selection for the SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission.

Still powering the MY2016 Mazda6 is a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G direct-injection gasoline engine mated to either the six-speed automatic SKYACTIV-DRIVE or the six-speed manual SKYACTIV-MT transmissions.

Along with the carmaker’s i-stop idling stop feature and i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system, the powertrains promise to provide just the perfect balance of linear, dynamic acceleration and outstanding fuel economy and environmental friendliness.

The cabin of the MY2016 Mazda6 also features superb figures. In fact, the amount of noise that gets into the cabin is trimmed by around 10 percent on rough roads and by about 25 percent on highways. Mazda also took painstaking efforts to ensure that the flagship’s revised front and rear seat structure delivers a great feeling of fit and comfort.

Thanks to the adoption of the Drive Selection features for the SKYACTIV-DRIVE, drivers could choose from different driving modes that suit their style. As its flagship mode, Mazda made sure that the Mazda6 features world-class safety.

To achieve this, the Mazda6 makes good use of the carmaker’s i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies derived from Mazda Proactive Safety – all contributing towards making the vehicle a very safe modern machine to drive and towards giving its occupants peace of mind in terms of road safety.

Press Release

Mazda6 Facelift

Debuting in 2012 as the flagship model in Mazda's new-generation product lineup, Mazda6 earned high acclaim in markets around the world thanks to the alluring vitality of the KODO-Soul of Motion design language and SKYACTIV Technology's balance of driving pleasure, environmental performance and safety. This round's update aims to fully respond to customer expectations and Mazda went to extraordinary lengths to bring new levels of depth and maturity to every aspect of the model. In addition to an innovative interior design, the updated refreshed Mazda6 offers the customer greater sophistication and value with enhanced exterior design, functionality, ride comfort, quietness, and safety.

The 2016 Mazda6 features the following enhancements. Bold changes to the shape of the instrument panel and floor console give the interior a fresh new look. It fuses a driver-oriented cockpit design, based on Mazda's unique Heads-up Cockpit concept, with a roomy front seat passenger environment. In addition, thorough attention was paid to minimizing gaps between parts and achieving an overall unified appearance, significantly enhancing the feeling of quality as befits the flagship model in the Mazda product lineup. Exterior features include a new front grille and signature wing design. These combine with new LED headlamps to create a bold and elegant expression that leaves a distinct impression of the evolution of the brand. Detailed refinements to dynamic performance include improved sound insulation throughout the body and improved front and rear seat performance. These enhancements yield a quieter and more comfortable riding experience, as befits the flagship model of Mazda's range of new-generation products.

Exterior Design

Mazda6 gave form to the TAKERI concept car and is a pure expression of Mazda's KODO design language. The design fused intellect, elegance and an emotional, dynamic shape to realize a strong presence as the flagship model. It earned high acclaim as a result, including being named a Top 3 Finalist for the 2013 World Car Design of the Year award.

For this round's update, particular effort was dedicated to further polishing Mazda6's award-winning design and to creating a deeper, stronger design expression. This includes the added texture and enhanced three-dimensionality of the front grille and signature wing; the strong sense of vitality of the new headlamps that look like eyes gazing straight ahead; and the new design expression created by the signature wing illumination. While the sophisticated air born of KODO design remains, the refreshed Mazda6 marks an evolution to a bolder and more elegant expression that lends it stronger presence as the flagship model and clearly conveys the further evolution of the brand.

The fins on the front grille, which feature a stronger look of horizontal flow, combine with the dynamic shape and three-dimensionality of the signature wing to create a bolder front face with an elegant look.
The LED lighting signature of the rear combination lamps gives the rear view a sharp, taut look.
The new compact shark fin antenna accents the vehicle's flowing form and stylish looks.
The 19-inch aluminum wheel with high-gloss paint adopts a darker color that emphasizes the brightness and greater depth of its metallic look.
The lineup of nine body colors includes the newly developed Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica, which was first introduced on Mazda3.
Interior Design & Functions

The Mazda6 interior already featured sophisticated design and coordination, along with finely crafted forms. Careful selection of each material, including the finest quality leather covering the steering wheel and Mazda's first use of off-white leather, embodied the sense of taste and fine texture that befitted the flagship model.

For this round's update, every detail related to texture and quality was polished to perfection, further lifting the level of quality in the interior. The design team pursued beauty born of the fine mating and unification of carefully produced parts. To meet this goal, they boldly evolved the shapes of the instrument panel and floor console, while paying careful attention to the shapes, expressions and use of colors for the parts and ornamentation laid out in these areas. It also includes the adoption of Mazda Connect, Mazda's next-generation car connectivity system and an Electrical Parking Brake (EPB). Mazda enhanced both convenience and comfort, while also heightening a sense of high quality as befits the flagship model.

Bold changes to the shape of the instrument panel and floor console give the interior a fresh new look.
Thorough attention paid to minimizing gaps between parts and achieving an overall unified appearance significantly enhances the feeling of quality as befits the flagship model in the Mazda product lineup.
The interior fuses a driver-oriented cockpit design based on the Heads-up Cockpit and an instrument panel that extends horizontally to create a passenger environment with a sense of breadth and openness.
The refreshed Mazda6 continues to offer a selection of black or white leather, or black or sand beige fabric interior materials. However, the leather interior adopts new color coordination.
Mazda's first implementation of an Electrical Parking Brake (EPB).
A freestanding seven-inch center display is mounted on the top of the low dashboard.
The Active Driving Display provides vehicle speed and other important driving information, such as that from the advanced safety systems, in real time.
The Mazda Connect car connectivity system paired with a smartphone makes it easier to take advantage of functions including internet connectivity and access to social networking services.
Driving Dynamics

The smooth, linear response and feeling of oneness between car and driver realized by SKYACTIV Technology delivers a light and pleasant driving experience. For this round's update, the development team devoted particular effort to adding greater depth to the enjoyment of the driving experience by further enhancing the level of all-round comfort, including ride comfort and quietness. Toward this purpose, Mazda further evolved NVH performance and seat performance, while also adopting Drive Selection for the SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission.

The 2016 Mazda6 continues to offer a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G direct-injection gasoline engine. Also carried over are the six-speed automatic SKYACTIV-DRIVE and six-speed manual SKYACTIV-MT transmissions. Combined with Mazda's i-stop idling stop system and i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system, the powertrains deliver the right balance of linear, powerful acceleration, and excellent fuel economy and environmental performance.

Excellent NVH performance befits the even higher-quality interior environment. The amount of noise transmitted into the cabin is reduced by approximately 10 percent when driving on rough roads and by approximately 25 percent on highways.
The evolved front and rear seat structure provides a feeling of comfortable snugness and a good fit, excellent holding characteristics, as well as ride comfort befitting Mazda's flagship model.
The Mazda6 powered by a gasoline engine and paired with SKYACTIV-DRIVE adopts Drive Selection, which allows drivers to switch drive modes for a more responsive driving experience.
Safety

As befits a flagship model, the world-class safety performance of Mazda6 has earned high acclaim. Its adoption of Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies based on Mazda Proactive Safety plays an important role in achieving this level of safety performance. The 2016 Mazda6 offers a wide variety of advanced safety technologies and further strengthens safety performance. This delivers greater driving pleasure and peace of mind, while adding further polish to the value offered by Mazda's flagship model.

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