Just like the immediate model that earned high acclaims around the world for incorporating SKYACTIVE Technology and KODO-SOUL of Motion design language, the new 2017 Mazda 6 takes matters even a notch higher with several changes it is set to feature. Some few weeks ago, the car in question was sported undergoing some tests in Salinas, California. And according to the team of engineers testing it, the main objective was showcase just how the G-Vectoring Control technology works. For news on when its release date is going to be, what price it’ll be offered for, and what changes the interior and exterior will feature, continue reading on.
Our spy photographers were lucky to get some shots of the new Mazda 6 although some were heavily clouded in camouflage. As you can see from these images, the exterior and interior profile of the new model seems to be a carry-over from the previous model in most respects. The exterior styling cues, headlights and taillights’ design, the hood and grille, and the side profile seem untouched. Mazda however says that buyers should expect minimum changes to the front fascia air intakes and bumper.
The interior styling, on the other hand, remains largely a carry-over. The cockpit design, dashboard, passenger and cargo space, and cabin layout seem pretty unhanged. Latest teaser images however show the new model will come with several new technologies and driver-assistance systems.
The most notable technology add-on that Mazda has already confirmed to be available is the GVC previously mentioned at the start of this review. With the G-Vectoring control, drivers get better steering inputs and handling responses, all while remaining invisible to anyone in the car. According to Mazda, the technology has been in the works for the past eight years meaning it has gone through all the various aspects of maturity before being used on the production model. And the good news is, it doesn’t pose any detrimental effects to the weight of the car as it is entirely software-based. The immediate result of the technology is excellent handling and steering that may turn out to be a blessing for the Mazda 6 that has by and large been seen as an outlier in the segment.
Although the Mazda 6 has always been – and still is – a fantastic choice for driving enthusiasts, it is often overshadowed by well-known brands offered in the midsize sedan segment. These rivals include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy, Kia Optima, and Ford Fusion.
2017 Mazda 6 Release Date & Price
It is too early to speculate about its release date and pricing estimates at the moment, however, don’t expect the price to change radically over the existing model that goes for sale for an MSRP price starting from $26,000, as it isn’t expected to feature much changes.
2017 Mazda 6 Exterior Spy Pictures
As is mirrored by the pictures here, the new model’s design still manages to realize a strong road presence thanks to the merging of dynamic, emotional, elegant, and intellectual shapes. As previous mentioned, changes are subtle and are only intended to burnish an already successful design language that has created a stronger, deeper design expression. Some of the changes to expect, albeit based on our rendering, include: new signature wing illumination design expression, refreshed headlights’ halo’s design, and an enhanced and textured 3-D grille and signature wing.
The result: a bolder front face, a sharp, taut rear view, enhanced flowing form and stylish looks, and improved brightness and greater depth of its metallic look. We’ve got no word from Mazda as to whether or not the color palette will be refreshed or not.
2017 Mazda 6 Interior Photos
According to teaser photos from Mazda, the new model features a sophisticated design with finely crafted forms. And even without any significant changes over the existing model, the 2017 6 manages to burnish the perfection a notch higher through subtle changes on the material, and technological fronts.
Three trims for the 2017 Mazda 6 sedan should be available – Touring, Sport, and Grand Touring wagon.
Things under the hood are expected to remain unchanged in most respects such as the output, transmission pairing, and efficiency. As such, power from the 2.5L four-cylinder engine should remain at 184 horsepower, while either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic should be the transmission system. With an automatic, the 6 should return 31 mpg for combined city/highway cruising.
Rumors are rife a diesel and a turbocharged powertrain will be offered, Mazda is however yet to recant or affirm such claims.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3.4 in. (111.4 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 11.5 in. (191.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0.4 in. (72.4 in.)
Passenger volume: 100 ft³
Cargo volume: 15 ft³
Curb weight: 3179 lbs
Top Speed: 135 mph
0-60: 7.9 sec
MPG: 25/37 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Blue Reflex Mica, Deep Crystal Blue, Jet Black Mica, Meteor Gray Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Soul Red Metallic, Titanium Flash Mica…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
Safety is one area that Mazda doesn’t like to take lightly. As such, latest driver-assistance systems should be expected. The existing model earned an excellent score of five out five stars for overall crash impact protection.
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