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The new Mazda6 undergoes a subtle update to its driving dynamics, safety features and styling while retaining most of its well-loved traits.

30 Mar 2017


Mazda's trademark Jinba-ittai - the unity between horse and rider - brings about updates in driving dynamics and safety, as well as minor cosmetic changes, to the new Mazda6.

Going up against the likes of the Subaru Legacy, the Toyota Camry and the Volkswagen Passat, the Mazda6 that you see here has been tweaked a tad to ensure its freshness has been retained in order to keep up with the competition.

The previous Mazda6's luxurious and refined cabin has been brought over to the new model

Control over power

The previous generation Mazda6 handled itself admirably but the latest generation offers more in terms of driving dynamics. It tackles corners assuredly, with agility that rivals smaller, more nimble cars.

The subtle improvement in steering performance is the product of Mazda's G-Vectoring Control (GVC). In a nutshell, GVC monitors three parameters - vehicle speed, throttle position and rate of steering wheel rotation - to maintain an increased vertical load on the front tyres, which helps the car corner more naturally.

The Mazda6 retains its 2.5-litre engine, which puts out 189bhp and 256Nm of torque

In order to achieve that, GVC adjusts engine torque according to the driver's steering inputs to optimise the front tyres' vertical load.

Safety for slip-ups

Besides improving the 6's chassis performance, Mazda also incorporated a couple of safety features for good measure.

These include Advanced Smart City Brake Support that monitors what's in front of the car via a forward sensing camera, Smart City Brake Support (Reverse) as well as Driver Attention Alert that monitors various factors and compares them to learned data on the driver's habits to determine whether the driver is fatigued and suggests a rest break when a significant difference is detected.

We didn't dare to put these systems to the test but it does put our minds at ease knowing they're there for when all hell breaks loose.

What's new in terms of styling?

Besides a few minor tweaks to the design and placement of the side mirror indicator lights, the Mazda6 is exactly the same as its predecessor from the outside.

Sensors on the Mazda6's rear bumper detect vehicles and obstacles, and apply the brakes to avoid collisions

Inside, the design of the steering wheel sees a slight change while the Active Driving Display is now available in colour for all variants save for the 2.0-litre Standard, which retains its black and white form.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Mazda's minimal update to its flagship family sedan affirms the old adage 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.

It retains its nimble handling and smooth-revving powerplant, classy exterior styling, as well as luxurious and refined interior while adding a few driver-centric systems and safety equipment.

Minor tweaks have been made to the design of the steering wheel

At $151,800 (as of 17th March 2017), the top-of-the-line Mazda6 2.5 Super Luxury gets a leg up on its rivals, thanks to improved driving dynamics and added safety features, which made this car great in the first place.

More relevantly and importantly, Mazda has done well in preserving the car's characteristics, ensuring that its Jinba-ittai trademark isn't lost in the Mazda6.
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC SKYACTIV-G

Engine Cap

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2488cc

Horsepower

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141kW (189 bhp) / 5700 rpm

Torque

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256 Nm / 3250 rpm

Transmission

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6-speed (A) SKYACTIV-DRIVE

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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8.2sec

Top Speed

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221km/h

Fuel consumption

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15.4 km/L

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