The current Mazda 6 is still one of the best possible mid-size sedans you can buy. The car is pretty attractive, really safe, and features quite impressive engines. However, even though it achieves pretty good sales figures, the vehicle desperately needs a complete redesign. According to information we have, although the Japanese producer introduced the refreshed 2016 not so long ago, the 2018 Mazda 6 will receive a total restyling.
2018 Mazda 6: New Features and Redesign Changes
The biggest issue of today’s model is a lack of the latest technologies, so Mazda should focus on that first. A seven-inch infotainment touchscreen display will be enriched with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. In addition, the 2018 Mazda will get better safety system. More precisely, emergency braking and adaptive cruise control will become standard.
Exterior styling will host a number of changes as well. However, we haven’t managed to catch any prototype so far, so we can’t really say whether the new model is going to look better or worse than the predecessor. As far as we heard, the car manufacturer will continue on the same path, so the redesign will bring just an evolutionary redesign. The car might feature a new grille and headlights in the front, while the rear hatch should be a bit longer. That way, the 2018 Mazda 6 will have more cargo space. In addition, the producer won’t miss the chance to add a pair of new tail lights, and perhaps new exhaust tips. Of course, the sedan will ride on new wheels and will probably feature some new and interesting exterior colors.
Engine Options and Gearboxes
There is no official information regarding the platform at the moment. However, the latest rumors suggest that the 2018 Mazda 6 is getting an updated architecture, which will make it lighter and more rigid. Plus, the existing engine lineup will be expanded for two more engines. The carmaker will probably keep today’s Skyactiv 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.
The new option will be SkyActiv 2 with HCCI, which is basically the new generation SkyActiv technology. There is no information regarding the power of the mill, but we expect at least 200 horsepower. On the other hand, Mazda’s new technologies will improve fuel economy number for around 30 percent, which is really impressive. The second new option is actually an oil-burner. It’s the 2.2-liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel engine, which is capable of delivering 173 horsepower and whopping 310lb-ft of twist. The manufacturer will probably keep a six-speed manual gearbox once again, but the six-speed auto transmission will definitely run the show because it will boost car’s fuel economy.
Price and Arrival
The redesigned 2018 Mazda 6 will not appear before next spring for sure. The sedan will keep its price unchanged, so you will have to have around $23,000 for the base model.