New Mazda6 Tourer Heading To The Geneva Auto Show!
A slew of updates for the sleek Japanese five-doorby Jonathan Lopez, on
Mazda just introduced the refreshed Mazda6 sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, and with its unveiling, the brand also dropped a long list of updates and upgrades. Long story short, we like what we see. In fact, we like it so much, we decided to give it a spot on our Best In Show list. Now, Mazda is giving us a look at the refreshed wagon Tourer model, which is headed to this year’s Geneva Motor Show sporting several of the sedan’s various updates.
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The changes are so significant, you could call the latest model year the 3.5 generation.
Mazda first introduced the 6 back in 2002 as a replacement for the 626, and since then, we’ve seen three generations make their appearance. The latest was introduced in 2012, which makes this new refresh more or less a mid-cycle update. However, the changes are so significant, you could call the latest model year the 3.5 generation.
Let’s start outside, where the 6 gains several changes to the exterior styling. The looks is sleek and mean, falling in line with Mazda’s Kodo design language, something that we’re pretty big fans of. In front is a large elliptical front grille, which comes with a metal mesh grille insert that looks great on the front end. There’s also plenty of chrome details and LED headlights to boot.
While you probably won’t confuse the 6 with a European luxury car any time soon, the updates still manage to enhance the car’s sense of “premiumness,” a characteristic emphasized even further by what’s waiting inside the cabin.
Step into the interior of the new 6, and you’ll find a brand-new design sporting a horizontal layout. Long lines are laid left to right in unbroken shapes, cleaning up the look while simultaneously enhancing the car’s spacious feel. There’s new switchgear in the center console that looks like it was plucked from Audi, plus new seats that are more comfortable and supportive than before.
Long lines are laid left to right in unbroken shapes, cleaning up the look while simultaneously enhancing the car's spacious feel.
There’s also new infotainment technology as wielded by an 8.0-inch touchscreen mounted high on the dash. Buyers are offered an optional 7.0-inch TFT screen in the gauge cluster, while the i-Activsense safety feature suite adds convenience and driver assistance tech to the package, including stuff like a 360-degree top-down camera.
We’re also looking forward to seeing what Mazda’s got in terms of the 6’s updated powertrains. Details on the Tourer’s engine lineup are still unannounced, but it’s expected the wagon will offer a freshened 2.2-liter diesel and a 2.0-liter gas engine. It’s also possible Mazda will toss in the new turbocharged 2.5-liter that we’re so lucky to get here in the U.S., a mill that produces 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
Cog swaps come courtesy of a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic for those who prefer just two pedals to work. Standard spec routes all output to the front wheels exclusively, while extra grip can be had with the optional AWD system. There’s also new suspension bits and suspension tuning for higher levels of comfort and handling prowess.
In addition to the new 6 Tourer, Mazda will also be bringing its latest concept cars to the show, which includes the stunning Vision Coupe and exciting Kai, both of which provided inspiration for the exterior styling on the new 6.
All we can say is – bring the wagon over here, Mazda!
Look for further updates when the Geneva Motor Show kicks off next month.
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