With dynamic and refinement improvements, Mazda’s looked to enhance the appeal of its Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat rival
Mazda has provided its popular compact executive saloon and estate with some updates to enhance its driving experience and to improve refinement.
The dynamic improvements centre around a new G-Vectoring Control (GVC). This system adjusts the amount of torque being sent to the front wheels by monitoring steering and throttle inputs. It can reduce torque to each of the wheels to optimise performance and grip.
GVC also works when driving in a straight line to reducing the number of small steering inputs needed.
The second dynamic improvement is to the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV diesel engine which gets a sharper throttle response. The second development on the engine is part of the refinement package and reduces the amount of noise from diesel knocking during startup and at low-speed acceleration.
On the inside, the second phase of refinement improvements includes enhanced sound insulation, a tighter finish to interior panels, upgraded door seals and laminated front side windows, all which reduce noise ingress.
The Mazda 6 also gets a few more goodies thrown in, including a leather steering wheel, heated on the Sport Nav, which also gets enhanced head up display and electric memory seats. SE-L Nav now comes with electric folding wing mirrors and Smart City Brake assist.
All the current engines continue – two versions of the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol developing 143bhp and 163bhp and two versions of the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel developing 148bhp and 173bhp.
The new version will be in showrooms this Autumn with prices unchanged and continuing to start from £19,795 for the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol SE.