Although crossovers, sport-utes and trucks are all the rage, Mazda is looking to ensure its sedan loyalists are having their needs met with a restyled Mazda6 hitting the stage at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
The company provided a peek at the exterior and interior of the company’s flagship sedan, which is also known as the Mazda Atenza in Japan.
The development team’s goal for this round of updates, the third since the model was fully redesigned in 2012, was to enhance the daily lives of people who love cars, incorporating premium details and new engineering concepts and technologies based on Mazda’s human-centered design philosophy, Mazda noted.
The new model gets new technologies, including a cylinder deactivation system for the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter gasoline-powered engine to improve fuel economy. However, for those less concerned about mpg and more focused on mph, the automaker has the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter, direct injection turbo designed to provide V8 performance that debuted in the company’s top-of-the-line Mazda CX-9 crossover.
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However, engine performance isn’t the only requirement for a flagship model, and Mazda designers focused on a look of “Mature Elegance.” Mazda’s design team worked to raise the quality feel of both the interior and exterior, resulting in a look of greater maturity and composure.
The new high-end interior uses Japanese Sen Wood, which is often used in traditional Japanese instruments and furniture, and other exclusive trim elements for an enhanced premium feel that is authentic to the brand, Mazda said.
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Flagship models get flagship-level safety technology and the Mazda6 is no exception, benefitting from the maker’s advanced i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety technologies which help the driver identify potential risks and reduce the likelihood of damage or injury.
They include Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), which can bring the car to a standing stop and take off again when the car in front moves away, and the model also adopts Mazda’s latest 360-degree View Monitor. In combination with previously introduced safety features, these technologies allow drivers to enjoy superior safety and worry-free driving under an even wider variety of conditions.
The new model draws inspiration from the maker’s Vision Coupe design concept, which the company recently unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, and the updated Mazda CX-5, which adopts the same SkyActiv-G 2.5 with cylinder deactivation as the new Mazda6.
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In line with its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term vision for technology development, Mazda aims to use the fundamental appeal of the automobile — driving pleasure — to inspire people, enrich society and help bring about a beautiful earth. By offering an experience of car ownership that celebrates driving, the company hopes to enrich lives and build a strong bond with customers.