2017 Mazda 6 Sedan

Mazda has released photos of the new 2017 Mazda 6 Sedan which
is set to go on sale this month. Compared to the outgoing
model, the new Mazda 6 is largely unchanged. The biggest change
is the introduction of the new G-Vectoring control which eases
control of the car. The sedan continues on the automaker’s
KODO-Soul motion design language. Read along to find out more:

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2017 Mazda 6 Sedan Exterior

On the exterior front, the Mazda 6 is largely unchanged
compared to the 2016 model. However, the few changes made have
gone a long way to improve the model’s character. At the front,
the sedan features a new grille with 6 horizontal slats rather
than five in the outgoing model. This has made the front look
bolder. Flanking the grille are modified LED headlights and
revised turn signals. The lower apron now features new fog
lights in new, boomerang-shaped chrome-trimmed housings.

Except for the revised taillights housings, the rear is
unchanged. On the sides, the model features a set of 19-inch
aluminum wheels finished in a dark color along with metallic
flakes.

The model a new shark fin antenna and that’s it; other features
are unchanged. The sedan is available in 9 different color hues
including the new Titanium Flash Mica and Sonic Silver
Metallic. Three premium colors are also offered at an extra
cost, they are Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Machine Gray
metallic and Soul Red Metallic.

The sedan size is also unchanged; it still stretches 192.7
inches long, 72.4 inches wide and has a height of 57.1 inches.
Its wheelbase spans 111.4 inches.

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2017 Mazda 6 Sedan Interior

The cabin has also received a significant dose of changes. The
dash features a wider center trim, upgraded A/C vents as well
as a new 7-.0-inch display. The center console on the other
hand has also been upgraded. It now features a modified shifter
and control layout while the instrument cluster gets new dials
and graphics.

In terms of upholstery, the base models get quality fabrics
while higher trims are upholstered in quality leather. 
The Grand Touring gets Nappa leather with a contrast piping.
This trim also gets a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats,
black headliner as well as the ‘chidori’, a traditional Chinese
contrast stitching.

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The cabin is very quiet and serene courtesy of upgraded sound
insulation which features better door seals and additional
sound insulation materials on the rear console, underbody and
on the doors. The windscreen is also thickened. Grand Touring
models get laminated front side windows.

Technologies available include Mazda Connect which features
internet connectivity. The model also comes with an Active
Driving Display, traffic sign recognition, advanced blind-spot
monitoring, and lane-keep assist.

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Engine Specs and performance

Mazda has carried over the drive-train unchanged. The sedan
will still be motivated by the same Skyactiv-G, 4-cylinder mill
with a displacement of 2.5 liters. The engine is capable of
producing 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled to
the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed
automatic transmission system.

The engine enables the sedan to make the 0-60 mph dash in 7.6
seconds. Fuel economy also remains unchanged. Models with
manual transmission return 25 mpg in city and 37 mpg on highway
drives while those with an automatic transmission are rated at
26 mpg and 38 mpg on city and highway drives respectively.

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Like in the outgoing model, Mazda still offers the ‘i-ELOOP’ as
a standalone optional feature. It is a system that uses kinetic
energy harnessed during braking to produce electricity that is
used later to power the audio system, headlights as well as the
climate control system. The technology helps reduce reliance on
the engine’s alternator which helps improve efficiency. In
fact, on the Grand Touring trim, the ‘i-ELOOP’ system improves
fuel efficiency to 28 mpg in city and 40 mpg on highway.

The vehicle becomes the first Mazda to use G-Vectoring control
(GVC), a technology that enables integrated control of the
body, chassis, engine and transmission. It reduces the need for
steering connections to give the driver a more precise control.

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Price and release date

Mazda has slightly increased the price of the sedan.  The
base Sport trim with a manual gearbox now starts at $ 21,945
while the automatic goes for $22,995 MSRP. For the Touring
trim, models with a manual gearbox start at $24,195 while those
with automatic transmission fetch $25,245.

The top-of-the-range Grand Touring starts at $30,695. For more,
buyers can opt for optional packages at an extra cost. In
addition, for $300 extra, you can have your model finished in
one of the three premium paint colors offered.

The vehicle goes on sale this month.

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Competition

The new 2017 Mazda 6 sedan will face rivalry from the likes of
Toyota
Camry, Honda
Accord,
Hyundai Sonata, Ford
Fusion and Kia
Optima. It is difficult to pick a model out of all these as
they are all pretty impressive. However, the Mazda beats them
all in terms of driver engagement.