The Mazda 6's back-end enhancement comes courtesy of a revised boot lining and a slimmer space-saver spare tyre, which allows more load space as the floor of the previously shallow boot sits lower. As a result, the sedan’s boot capacity increases from 438 litres to 483L, while the wagon version jumps from 451L to 506L.
The revisions, which will be rolled out over the coming months as new stock arrives, mean the Mazda is more competitive in its class: the best boots belong to cars such as the Toyota Camry (515L) and Skoda Octavia (568L).
Mazda has also added a new optional safety pack for the 6 range, which includes a blind spot monitoring system, smart city brake support (which can stop the car in traffic at speeds between 4-30km/h) and rear cross traffic alert that uses a radar to warn the driver of approaching cars outside of their rearward line of sight.
The pack costs $1490 for Sport and Touring models, $1290 for the GT variant, and $400 for the Atenza which only adds the city braking system as the other items are standard. All Mazda 6 grades are still available without the Safety Pack option at an unchanged price.
The Mazda 6 has had a softer start to 2014 than it experienced in 2013, selling 1698 units so far this year compared with 1971 for the same time last year.
Mazda 6 Sedan Pricing (plus on-road costs)
2.5L petrol Sport with Safety Pack $34,950
2.5L petrol Touring with Safety Pack $38,990
2.5L petrol GT with Safety Pack $44,510
2.5L petrol Atenza $47,210
2.2L diesel Touring with Safety Pack $41,840
2.2L diesel GT with Safety Pack $47,360
2.2L diesel Atenza $50,060
Mazda 6 Wagon Pricing (plus on-road costs)
2.5L petrol Sport with Safety Pack $36,250
2.5L petrol Touring with Safety Pack $40,290
2.5L petrol GT with Safety Pack $45,810
2.5L petrol Atenza $48,510
2.2L diesel Touring with Safety Pack $43,140
2.2L diesel GT with Safety Pack $48,660
2.2L diesel Atenza $51,360