Revealed in the States alongside the newly-refreshed Mazda 3 that has already launched Down Under, the new Mazda 6 looks identical to its predecessor – which was just updated early last year – with all the changes happening in the cabin and under the skin.
According to US reports, the 2017 Mazda 6 also gets similar sound-reducing tweaks to the new Mazda 3, a full-colour head-up display and a new steering wheel design – from the MX-5, CX-9 and new Mazda 3.
The Mazda 6 sedan shown in these images also has rear heated seats, with the buttons hidden in the folding centre armrest – a feature not currently available in Australia.
Last month Dave Coleman, Mazda North America vehicle development engineer, told CarAdvice the 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine in the new CX-9 SUV could soon make its way to the Mazda 6 and Mazda 3 – though the new powerplant isn’t reported to be part of the update.
Mazda’s local arm is remaining tight-lipped on details of the Australian-bound 2017 Mazda 6 range, though the company has confirmed “an update will be launched by the end of the year”.
Previously, Mazda has gone on record to say the G-Vectoring Control system will eventually roll out across the line-up, so it’s a safe assumption that the forthcoming Mazda 6 update will include the technology.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Mazda 6 updates in the coming months.
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