2018 Mazda6 before its actual debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 16, 2017

At the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, one of the cars that will be shown is the next generation Mazda6. The Japanese manufacturer is set to debut not the concept, but the final production version of the model that has thoroughly been re-engineered.

Now, we have here the very first teaser of the Mazda6 that shows the car’s exterior. Dressed in a bold and shiny red paint, it looks like it will retain the main characteristics of the current Mazda6, such as the muscular wheel arches and short overhangs. The one difference you would notice is probably the revised front end, just like that of the refreshed CX-5. This means that Mazda6 will come with a larger radiator grille that will be surrounded with a set of more aggressive headlights.

Moving into the cabin, there will be a reshaped center console, together with new controls for the climate system. These are the only changes that we could see in the photos, but there will likely be more that we do not know of just yet.

The Japanese automaker also promised that there will be a wide range of new and advanced electronic systems. Not only does this include the Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) system, but it also offers the latest generation 360-degree camera system. The former enables the car to completely stop and accelerate again to the set speed.

Under the hood, North American customers could choose from two 2.5 liter gasoline engines. The first is a naturally aspirated version that makes use of cylinder deactivation and direct injection technology. This allows for the switch between four- and two-cylinder operation contingent on the condition. The second is a turbocharged version of the same motor. This actually is the same engine used by the Mazda CX-9, which has an output of 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

Aside from the Mazda6 that we are expecting to see at Los Angeles, the automaker also plans to reveal an updated model of the CX-5 for the North American market. Furthermore, they will be displaying concepts like the Vision Coupe as well as the Mazda MX-5 Halfie.

The former is a “next generation design vision concept”, while the latter is a half-production, half race car demonstration. If you are interested to attend the company’s press conference, and of course, to see the improved Mazda6 in person, then head over to the LA Auto Show on November 29, 6:30PM GMT time. How excited are you to see all the new features of the updated Mazda6?

Press Release

Re-engineered, Refined Mazda6 to Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

Mazda Motor Corporation will unveil a thoroughly re-engineered and refined Mazda6 sedan to the world at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. Mazda’s human-centred design philosophy provided the basis for the latest version of the brand’s flagship, which features new powertrain technology and more premium design details.

The powertrain line-up includes the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-litre direct injection petrol engine with a cylinder deactivation system that seamlessly switches between four and two-cylinder operation to further improve real-world fuel efficiency at no cost to performance. The turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T petrol engine that debuted with the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV, meanwhile, will also be added to the range of powertrains offered in North America.

As for the styling, designers have enhanced the feeling of quality inside and outside the new Mazda6, adding maturity and composure to its award-winning look. The top package features exclusive trim elements like the Japanese sen wood used for traditional musical instruments and furniture. The design is simply more elegant and dignified overall.

An even wider range of advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology is available to help the driver identify potential risks and reduce the likelihood of damage or injury, thus delivering a more relaxing and confidence-building experience behind the wheel. Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) can now bring the car to a standing stop and take off again when the preceding vehicle pulls away. The new Mazda6 also adds the carmaker’s latest 360° View Monitor.

Other highlights of Mazda’s exhibit in Los Angeles include the highly acclaimed Mazda VISION COUPE, a four-door design concept recently unveiled in Tokyo, the Mazda RT24-P prototype racer and the Mazda MX-5 “Halfie”, a fusion of race car and production model.

Mazda will hold a press conference at 10:30am (19:30 CET) on 29 November, the first of two press days. Follow the unveiling of the latest edition of the Mazda6 on livestream at: insidemazda.mazdausa.com/new-mazda6. The show is open to the public from 1-10 December.

Source: Mazda

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