Mazda 6 Dons Signature Trim

Mazda revealed the refreshed sedan 2018 Mazda 6 at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. More than the typical refresh for the banner mid-size sedan, it represents the automaker’s next step forward with class-above refinement, numerous updates, and improvements.

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Most noticeable is Mazda 6’s front fascia accompanied by a standard LED headlights and a new grille. All these add up to what Mazda calls “Mature Elegance”. Furthermore, painted surfaces now covers the car’s lower body, and a 17- or 19-inch wheel designs complete the new look.

Almost everything is new inside. It has wider front seats and more capability of absorbing vibration. The designers also stretched the dashboard and included the luxurious Signature trim which is an upgrade that includes Nappa leather, Japanese Sen wood, and synthetic suede on the dashboard, seats, and door pockets. Other available options are the 7.0-inch digital reconfigurable gauge cluster, an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, a head-up display, and a windshield wiper de-icer.

A new 360-degree camera and an adaptive cruise control system is now added as part of the safety upgrades. The latter can bring the Mazda 6 to a complete stop and start off again.

The chassis have been updated with a smoother and more linear ride quality. A thicker sheet of metal in the rear wheel wells gives off less NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness). The steering rack is already rigid-mounted to the chassis for a more direct steering input. Lastly, the suspension geometry has been tweaked for better handling.

CX-9’s turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-4 with 250 horsepower and a 310 pound-feet of torque may become an option for the Mazda 6. A 6-speed automatic transmission is the standard but a 6-speed manual transmission remains an option.

No price has been announced but it will definitely go on sale in spring 2018.

Reference: 2018 Mazda 6 chases a more premium path