Speed, Style, and Panache

When Mazda showcased the updated Mazda 6 wagon at the Geneva Motor Show, the world couldn’t help but take notice. This mid-size longroof is getting the same updates that the 6 sedan received for the 2018 model, and seeing it with its new face just renews our desire to see it in India at the earliest.

Though the 6 wagon sits on a slightly shorter wheelbase than the sedan, the menu of upgrades will largely be the same. New body plastics see the front bumper’s grille opening grow and fog-light recesses disappear, while reshaped headlamps and the addition of a chrome bar beneath them result in a more upmarket ‘face’. The design changes are largely carried over from the sedan, with a CX-5-inspired front-end featuring a new grille surround that no longer intrudes into the headlights. This warrants a change in the cluster shape, and there has been an update to the light graphics with new LED daytime running lights.

Expect similar chassis revisions as well as a new engine option – the latter involving a SkyActiv-G 2.5T turbo unit from the CX-9. The mill makes 250 hp and 420 Nm on the sedan, but is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission. 

Moving inside, the dashboard has been completely reworked to sport a bolder, more horizontally-oriented layout with a suede-clad trim panel running almost its entire width, interrupted only by the steering column. Since the wagon’s cabin is a direct duplicate of the sedan, the all-new dashboard layout consists of ventilation controls, air vents, and door cards, accompanied by Japanese Sen wood trim inlay and ultra suede NU-wrapped trim. According to Mazda, the 6’s front seats are entirely new for the 2018 update.

Retuned suspension and a new rigidly-mounted steering rack are also expected for the updated 6, given their presence on its sedan-shaped counterpart, with both claimed to improve sound and vibration suppression while boosting agility and steering response.

Mazdl also gives the 6 a comprehensive under-bonnet rejig for the 2018 model. The 2.5-litre option gains a cylinder deactivation capability to boost fuel efficiency while cruising, by shutting down two cylinders, while the GT and Atenza models will be available with the 170 kW/420 Nm 2.5-litre turbo petrol from the CX-9.        -Source: Mazda Press