Mazda has unveiled the updated 2018 Mazda6 sedan today at the LA Auto Show. While its rivals, like the Accord and Camry received complete makeovers for the 2018 model year, the Mazda6 continues on with a facelift.
Starting with the outside, the 2018 Mazda6 has a new grille and updated headlights that give it a look closer to the rest of the Mazda lineup. There are also new 17- and 19-inch wheels, while a new Soul Red Crystal paint color is an option for the first time. Inside the interior gets bigger changes with a completely redesigned dashboard that has been stretched to accentuate the Mazda6’s width. On Mazda6 Signature models, Sen wood, Nappa leather and UltraSuede NU cover the doors, seats and dashboard. The seats have also been redesigned and are now wider with available ventilation.
There are some new technology updates, but the Mazda6, like the rest of the Mazda lineup is still missing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. There’s a new 360 degree view monitor, 7.0-inch TFT display, 8.0-inch infotainment system and full-speed Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go.
Under the hood the 2018 Mazda6 will offer two engine options: a naturally-aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder or a turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder. The 2.5L naturally-aspirated engine gets a few upgrades, including cylinder deactivation, which can automatically shut down the outside two cylinders between 25-50 mph. The 2.5L turbocharged engine made its debut in the CX-9 and generates 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque.
A six-speed manual is available with the naturally-aspirated engine, but the 2.5L turbocharged engine can only be mated to a six-speed automatic.
Other upgrades includes a new steering rack, updated suspension and additional body reinforcements.
The 2018 Mazda6 will arrive in the spring.