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Mazda 6 revised for third time. Image by Mazda.

Mazda 6 revised for third time
Modest facelift, new interior design and extra chassis/safety tech for flagship Mazda.
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Mazda has revised its 6 flagship again and put it on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS).

Hold on, again?!

Yes. This is the third round of revisions the Japanese company has foisted onto its excellent four-door saloon in the space of five years in production. However, each and every update to the 6 has been minimal rather than reformative, and that's the case for the latest round.

So what have we got?

LED headlights with chrome highlights now frame a front grille that's rendered in a mesh pattern. There are fresh alloy wheel designs, in 17- and 19-inch diameters, while Soul Crystal Red is added to the colour options chart. Inside, the touchscreen for the MZD Connect infotainment has grown to eight inches, while high-spec models will get a seven-inch TFT instrument cluster. Buttons and the air vents have been improved, while the i-Activsense safety package is embellished with radar cruise control and a 360-degree monitor.

Is that it for the visuals?

Yes, the only other changes being tweaks to the suspension. The spring rates and geometry have been revised, as has the steering column mounting, and there are also extra structural braces. The aim is to make the Mazda6 both sharper in the corners and comfier on a cruise. So, not revolutionary stuff, although we've always really liked the 6, so that's not bad news.

You're saying that like there is some bad news?

Sort of. The 2018MY 6 was revealed at LAAS because it will go on sale in the States first. There it will have a pair of four-cylinder, 2.5-litre, Skyactiv-G petrol engines available, one of which has a turbocharger. Of course, we're unlikely to get that here, sticking with the 2.0-litre normally aspirated Skyactiv-G and the 2.2-litre turbodiesel.

Matt Robinson - 30 Nov 2017

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