A new competition for the Camry and Accord : 2018 Mazda6.
When Mazda introduced the redesigned Mazda6 back in 2014, the car impressed us with its beautiful design, sporty handling, and classy interior. It managed to beat the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry in our comparison test says MotorTrend. But the competition in the midsize Sedan is getting aggressive day by day . The latest Toyota Camry is anytime than the previous one, and the new Honda Accord is even better than the new Camry. To keep up Mazda has given the Mazda6 an update for the upcoming year.
As you can see above the Mazda6 looks almost the same on the outside. The front end has been restyled a bit, but unless you see both the cars side by side we doubt anyone would even notice. But Mazda put its effort in 6’s interior. Only a few things like the steering wheel is carried over the previous car. All trim levels have been refreshed, but there’s also a new Signature trim level which is the new top of the line. Mazda claims it gives the cabin a true feel of luxury, with wooden trim, premium leather upholstery, and artificial suede which covers most surfaces. The upcoming Mazda6 also gets new yet even more comfortable seats and with the latest features, such as a 360 degree camera, adaptive cruise control, and a big infotainment display screen.
The main changes in Mazda is actually under the hood, the base 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine carries over, but for the first time, Mazda will be offering the 6 with a turbocharged engine which is found in the CX-9. On premium gas, the 2.5 litre turbo engine produces 250hp and 310 lb ft of torque that makes it a lot quicker than the naturally aspirated version with its 184 hp and 185 lb ft of torque. In the last test by MotorTrend, the Mazda6 posted an unremarkable 0–60mph in just 7.9 seconds, so the added acceleration will be much appreciated. For comparison, the 2.0 litre turbocharged Honda Accord gets to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, and the V-6 Camry does the same in 5.8.
Like the all new 2018 Mazda CX-5, the new Mazda6 will also feature cylinder deactivation. A centrifugal pendulum helps the torque converter of the six-speed automatic transmission to balance out vibrations that might normally be felt from running on two cylinders. The six-speed automatic is standard with the 2.5 turbo engine, though there’s no manual option declared. However, Mazda says the naturally aspirated 2.5 litre variant will be continued with the manual transmission.
Mazda says they’ve also improved the chassis and the suspension to handle the extra power of the turbo and help the 6 to be upmarket along with luxurious. We can expect the car to be a lot quieter, more refined, and more comfortable on the road than from the previous one, although the refreshed Mazda6 hasn’t forgotten its sporty roots either, It also reportedly handles better than before and offers even more responsive steering.
We can expect the pricing of the car close to beginning 2018 and ale date sometime in the spring of 2018.
Source : MotorTrend
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