It’s not happening the NHTSA has already corrected the error

One of the biggest disappointments surrounding the new U.S.-spec Mazda was the absence of an all-wheel-drive system. To make matters worse, our hopes were raised when the NHTSA created two listings for the 2018 Mazda6 on its website, one that came with the standard front-wheel-drive and another with all-wheel drive. Turns out, it was nothing but a mistake by the agency because clicking the link to the Mazda6 AWD now reveals an "error message."

NHTSA Briefly - And Mistakenly - Lists Mazda6 as an AWD Model
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Fortunately, the absence of an all-wheel-drive Mazda in the U.S. — it’s available in Japan and Europe — doesn’t mean that we’re never going to see one hit our shores.

It might be disappointing for some people, but let’s call it for what it is. The NHTSA made an honest mistake. That’s all it is. Fortunately, the absence of an all-wheel-drive Mazda in the U.S. — it’s available in Japan and Europe — doesn’t mean that we’re never going to see one hit our shores. No less than Mazda North America CEO Masahiro Moro admitted that the Japanese automaker was seriously considering adding all-wheel drive to the Mazda lineup because of high demand from U.S. customers. There are some issues that Mazda needs to work on, specifically a layout problem with the sedan’s platform that’s preventing Mazda from combining the 6’s 2.5-liter engine with a four-wheel drive system.

We’re not closing our doors on eventually seeing a four-wheel drive Mazda6 in the future. There’s momentum within the company to do it. Moro himself said that he’s already asked the company’s research and development department to think how it can accommodate four-wheel drive capability in the future. It’s just not happening now or in the near future.

So don’t feel bad if you bit on the NHTSA’s pump-fake. It’s understandable if you got excited for a second. We did too. Turns out, it was nothing but a mistake, so the wait for a U.S.-spec Mazda6 with all-wheel drive capability continues.

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New steering rack mounting and revised suspension geometry for better handling

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