An updated Mazda6 Tourer estate will be revealed during the Geneva Motor Show, with UK sales commencing later this year.
The updated Mazda6 Tourer follows the latest version of its saloon sister, which was unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show in 2017. Both versions compete in what is a fast declining market sector – rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport have suffered decreasing sales in recent years as SUVs grow increasingly popular.
However, with new style, extra comfort and more technology, its Japanese maker hopes that buyers will see the Mazda6 as a striking alternative to a family SUV
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The overall shape of the Mazda6 is little changed, remaining true to the design that first arrived in UK showrooms in 2012. Visual tweaks include a mesh finish to the front grille, replacing the former horizontal slats, while the chrome-detailed headlamps are more sharply defined than before. The Mazda6"s range of paint colours has grown, too, and 17 or 19-inch alloy wheels are offered.
The Mazda6 has seen greater change inside, with an eight-inch infotainment screen and seven-inch colour instrument cluster display being introduced for certain trim levels. There are fewer buttons on the center console of the new car, and the interior air vents are a smaller, neater design.
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The refreshed interior is clad in a suede-like finish that the covers the lower half of the dashboard and wraps around onto the doors, where it matches all-new seats trimmed in Nappa leather in a matching hue. Images from Mazda reveal that other materials will be offered, too.Mazda6 engines and technology
It"s not yet clear which engines we"ll see in the UK, but North American cars are powered by a choice of two SkyACTIV 2.5-litre four cylinder engines, with six speed manual or CVT automatic gearboxes. Both engines feature cylinder deactivation, which enables individual parts of the engine to be shut down when full power isn"t required. Mazda says that a cruise of 25 to 50mph is possible on only two cylinders.
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While this is potentially great news for economy, enthusiasts may be more interested in the turbocharged engine, which has already been seen in the American-market CX-9 SUV. Developing 247bhp, this engine could herald the return of the "sporty" Mazda6 model if it came to the UK – the first since the MPS of over a decade ago.
Mazda says that the car"s chassis has been revised for increased smoothness, yet agility is claimed to have been improved, too, with modified suspension geometry for "more neutral" handling. Lower noise levels are also promised, as is a longer list of safety technology; the Mazda6 is expected to feature active cruise control and 360-degree monitoring as part of the brand"s i-ACTIVESENSE package.
Although likely to reach showrooms in Europe and the US earlier, the updated Mazda6 is expected to reach the UK in the second half of 2018.