Mazda has updated its popular Mazda 6 range with a series of exterior, interior, technological and mechanical changes for 2015.
As the second-best selling medium car in Australia (after the Toyota Camry), the Mazda 6 remains popular with private buyers seeking a sophisticated car with plenty of in-car technology.
The Japanese company has updated the Mazda 6 in much the same way as the 2015 Mazda CX-5, with the exterior wearing a bolder face thanks to an updated grille and LED headlights, while the higher-spec models get new-look 19-inch alloy wheels.
Mazda will bring the Mazda 3’s Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica colours to the upgraded 6 range.
On the inside there are major changes to the instrument panel and floor console, as well as the addition of a space-saving electronic parking brake and a 7.0-inch centre display, which makes use Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment software that is better tuned to handle smartphone tethering for internet connectivity and social media services.
The black leather trim gets a new colour coordination while the fabric black or sand beige trims remain unchanged.
Rear seat heaters are also be available (though they’re yet to be confirmed for our market) while the sedan models can operate their rear sunshade with the press of a button.
Mazda says it has also reduced the gap between parts for a higher quality interior while adding additional sound insulation that reduces cabin noise by as much as 25 per cent on the highway (and 10 per cent on poorly surfaced roads).
Mechanically, the 2015 Mazda 6 makes use of a new structure for the front and rear dampers and a new shape for the front lower arms, while 2.2-litre diesel models will be available with a new-generation all-wheel-drive system.
Passive safety is also enhanced in the new Mazda6 with the evolution of its blind spot monitoring systems with rear cross traffic alert as well as the smart city brake support now able to see behind the car.
New technologies available on the top-spec models include lane keep assist system (LAS) which can now help steer the Mazda 6 in the right direction, smart brake support (SBS) that automatically brakes the car in the case of a collision and no driver input, and drive attention alert (DAA), which keeps an eye on the driver and recommends rest breaks.
The 2015 Mazda 6 will be available in Australian showrooms early in the first half of next year. Prices are expected to carry over largely unchanged.