Updated Volkswagen Passat rival is on show in LA; it will arrive in Britain late next year
Sam Sheehan
29 November 2017

Mazda has updated its 6 saloon with new chassis settings that it claims will make it handle better and be more comfortable to drive.

The Volkswagen Passat rival, on show at the LA motor show, has revised spring rates, new suspension geometry and extra chassis braces to improve its rigidity. Engineers have also equipped the car with a rigid-mounted steering column to enhance its responsiveness.

These changes are said to reduce vibrations that make their way into the cabin, decrease harshness when rolling over changing surfaces and give the car a more supple ride. Engineers have also dialled out understeer and given the car a more neutral setup.

Inside, a new 7.0in TFT instrument cluster is offered in higher-spec models, while the centre console gets an 8.0in touchscreen. This screen can display a 360-degree view of the car. The design of the interior itself is almost all new.

As part of the comfort-improving changes, Mazda also offers the 6 with ventilated seats that feature more supportive foam. Nappa leather is available on top-spec models.

Exterior design changes are limited to a new grille with thicker framework, new LED headlights and new wheels, which come in 17in or 19in forms. Mazda has also added Soul Red Crystal paint to the 6’s palette options for the first time.

In the US, the updated car is offered with a choice of two engines: a Skyactiv 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and a new turbocharged petrol engine of the same layout and capacity.

UK specifications won’t be revealed until the updated car arrives here in late 2018, but neither 2.5-litre unit is expected to make it here. Instead, the current 6’s Skyactiv 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2 diesel engines are more likely to remain, albeit with improvements to efficiency.

Pricing isn’t expected to change dramatically from the current car, which starts at £19,995, although a small increase is likely. This should leave it with an advantage over arch rival, the Passat, which starts at from £21,610. 

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30 November 2017

I had two and I am tempted back especially in the new RED colour. The improvements are typical Mazda, well engineered and clear improvement. This car is without doubt the best value for money in the segment. The Passat CC is more pretty perhaps, but the price differential is then quite considerable. I hope that in Russia we might get the 2.5 petrol turbo for that extra zoom zoom - its worth it. Craftsmanship and 100% total reliability on previous 2 models makes me put them back on the options list

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30 November 2017

to enventually replace my Passat estate. It'll be a used one though. Do other Mazdas suffer with rust or is that just MX5s?

30 November 2017

Can't speak for all Mazdas but a junior member of my family has an eight year old Mazda 3. It's a much abused car and I believe it gets cleaned once a year, just before It's MOT. It has just passed the MOT with no advisories and the tester says it has no signs of rust, just like the vast majority of Mazdas he has tested.

Must say this revised 6 looked very good in metallic red and if I was looking to buy a car in this category it would make my shortlist.

30 November 2017

A lovely flowing design. Looks great from every angle and have done now for years. Take note Toyota/Lexus. This is what an attractive modern saloon looks like. Not the disaster of creases, odd angles and strange shapes you use. 

30 November 2017

2018 model and still no Car Play or Android Auto. I would consider a Mazda but not without this functionality.

Toyota are just as bad - I wonder how many sales they are losing between them.

30 November 2017

Unless I'm mistaken, this is either the second or third facelift of the current 6. Either way, it's still a great looking design. Whether it'll be replaced in the UK or not though is a different matter as non-premium Japanese D-segment cars over here appear to be an endangered species with Nissan, Suzuki, Subaru, Honda and Mitsubishi no longing selling such cars while Toyota won't have a presence in this market in the UK once the current Avensis is no more. Only the premium offerings from Lexus and Infiniti still remain.

30 November 2017

Mazda are slowly gaining traction after being helf back by Ford for far too many years. This updated Mazda 6 seems much more desirable than the bland Passat! 

1 December 2017

Definitely the best looking car in its class, as it was before facelift, styling wise it wouldnt look out of place with a premium badge up front. Must admit I am a bit of a mazda fanboy of late due to their styling and the fact they have pursued naturally aspirated engines as opposed to tiny turbos. Unfortunately I'm not in the market for a new or nearly new car yet.

1 December 2017

is a handsome car inside and out. The best looking saloon out there

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