Updated Mazda 6 debuts at the LA Motor Show

Mazda’s revised flagship saloon will be introduced in North America first, with a mid 2018 introduction into the UK market on the cards.

An updated version of the Mazda 6 has been revealed at the LA Motor Show. The revised saloon will be introduced to the North American market initially, but Auto Express understands that the facelifted model will come to the UK in the second half of 2018.

From the outside, the Mazda 6 doesn’t look much different from the existing model. The standard front grille has been updated with a new mesh design, while the headlamps have also been spruced up with chrome detailing. The revised Mazda 6 can also be specified with 17 and 19-inch wheels along with a new shade of metallic red paint.

Inside, the new 6 features a new eight-inch infotainment screen, while high-spec models come with a seven-inch digital instrument cluster. Buttons on the centre console have been simplified and downsized, as have the air vents above.

Buyers in the US have the choice of a naturally aspirated or turbocharged SkyACTIV 2.5-litre direct injection four-cylinder engine, each available with a six-speed manual or CVT auto gearbox. Both engines feature cylinder deactivation to help improve fuel efficiency when at cruising speeds between 25 and 50mph, only two cylinders will be in operation.

It’s unlikely these engines will be made available to UK buyers next year, but expect power and efficiency tweaks to the current 2.2-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol units currently offered to UK buyers.

Mazda has also tweaked the saloon’s chassis and revised the suspension geometry aimed at giving it a smoother ride and improved agility. A wider range of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology features on the updated Mazda 6, too, including radar guided cruise control as well as a new 360-degree monitor.

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