The popular Mazda6 midsizer has come in for a 2015 update, bringing refreshed styling and an extensive interior makeover for the new model year.
Taillights and front fog lights also get the LED treatment, while other exterior changes include a new 19-inch alloy wheel design for some models and the addition of Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica to the list of paint finishes.
Mazda's MZD connectivity and more is controlled through the seven-inch screen, via a centrally-located 'commander' control knob.
The Mazda3’s ‘Active Driving Display’ head-up system also migrates into the new 6, while other new features include an electronic parking brake, redesigned seats and additional i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies.
i-ACTIVSENSE now includes the adaptive LED headlamps, lane-keep assist and driver attention monitoring on some models, along with smart city brake support and radar cruise control.
Non-visual changes centre around the Mazda6’s suspension, which has been overhauled for 2015 and compliments a new ‘Drive Selection’ system (essentially a 'Power' button for petrol models only) to control response.
Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have improved by 10 percent on rough surfaces and up to 25 percent on highways, and Mazda says the new package offers a smoother, flatter ride.
The same pair of Mazda SKYACTIV engines carry over from last year, with a 138kW/250Nm 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine returning 6.6 l/100km being the choice for petrol buyers.
Diesel customers get a 2.2 litre four-cylinder engine producing 129kW/420Nm with a fuel figure of 5.4 l/100km. All Mazda6 models in Australia come with a six-speed automatic transmission only.
Both engines feature stop/start fuel-saving technology, with what Mazda claims is the “fastest restart times in the industry” at 0.35 seconds for the petrol engine and 0.40 seconds in the diesel.
“The end product retains the excellent dynamic performance and environmental performance of the (previous) Mazda6, while offering a more comfortable and quiet riding experience that is worthy of the updated version,” Mazda6 Product Manager, Hideki Matsuoka, said.
“We challenged ourselves to build greater depth into the new Mazda6 with the hope that this car will develop into an irreplaceable presence in the life of its owner.”
If some of these changes sound familiar, that may be because many have recently been introduced to local Mazda showrooms in the updated CX-5 SUV, launched last month.
The range kicks off with the petrol-powered Sport sedan, priced from $32,540, and rounds-out with the Atenza diesel wagon at $50,920 - plus on-road costs.
The 2015 Mazda6 is available now.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Sport - $32,540
- Sport Safety - $33,770
- Touring - $37,280
- Touring Safety - $38,540
- GT - $42,720
- GT Safety - $43,780
- Atenza - $46,420
- Touring - $40,480
- Touring Safety - $41,740
- GT - $45,920
- GT Safety - $46,980
- Atenza - $49,620
- Sport - $33,840
- Sport Safety - $35,070
- Touring - $38,580
- Touring Safety - $39,840
- GT - $44,020
- GT Safety - $45,080
- Atenza - $47,720
- Touring - $41,780
- Touring Safety - $43,040
- GT - $47,220
- GT Safety - $48,280
- Atenza - $50,920
Soul Red Metallic paint adds $200, other metallic and mica paint finishes are no-cost options.