2018 Mazda6 Facelift Gains New 2.5L Turbo Engine, Debuts In LA

Mazda will reveal in full the re-engineered and redesigned 2018 Mazda6 at the LA Auto Show on November 29.

Mazda’s flagship sedan model has been thoroughly updated according to the automaker, making this the third time since the model’s debut in 2012.

Key changes include the adoption of new technologies and the addition of a new option in the powertrain range, with the Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter petrol engine gaining a cylinder-deactivation system for better fuel efficiency.

Mazda has also added the turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T petrol unit that debuted in the CX-9. The performance figures of the new engine option, which makes up to 250hp and 310lb-ft of torque in the SUV model, are not yet announced but Mazda claims it offers “an effortless performance feel that is equal parts composure and excitement”.

A wider range of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies will also be onboard, including a radar cruise control that can bring the car to a standing stop and take off again and the latest 360-degree view monitor.

Judging from the two teaser images, the 2018 Mazda6 appears to have gained a cleaner look on the outside with redesigned bumpers while the biggest changes are inside, where the new dashboard follows the successful design language of the company’s latest models.

Stay tuned for all the information on the new 2018 Mazda6 as we have them.


  • Christian

    I hope they bring it to Europe!

    • TheHake

      Keep on dreaming…

      • Matthijs

        Why? The Mazda6 is already sold here as well. Just the 2.5 Turbo won’t make it to Europe

        • Mafio

          You just answered your own question…

    • Rocket

      I’ll lobby for you to get the turbo, you lobby for us to get the wagon. Deal?

    • Smilegarden

      I think the are taking it to Europe, they want to become a premium brand.
      And the portion between petrol and diesel engines sold in Europe has changed.
      Manufacturers sell more petrol engined cars recently than diesel.

  • JA

    Isn’t that a new model, not just a facelift?

    • Archknight77

      The new model will be introduced in 2020 unfortunately. The new models will start with the Mazda3 as previewed by the Kai concept.

      • Carmaker1

        Yes, which might be RWD for puzzling reasons. I believe this is the first time that Mazda has ever referred to the 6 as their flagship. They are really trying to take a gradual approach to make the Mazda lineup premium.

        I have the distinct feeling that the Vision Concept is an early look at the possibly RWD, next Mazda 6. My only question is how can they make a business case for a rear wheel drive car, unless intended as a slightly Charger or Stinger competitor?

    • pjl35

      Nope, clearly a facelift.

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  • Chris Fame

    All of our prayers has been answered !

  • CarCzarDesigner

    I am not seeing much of an improvement here. The styling refresh looks lame and perhaps a (production) cost cutting measure by Mazda.

    • Chris Fame

      I thought the same thing too. Yes it looks nice but looks lazy. Same for the interior. Looks big and very stacked, no cohesive or smooth design. Not as nice as the current gen interior.

      • Carmaker1

        I briefly thought this too and then questioned if I was being too harsh. My mind quickly delved into the reality that the industry is about profit and saving more money on the next generation model or update.

        If industry speculation is true about it going RWD for MY2021, then I can understand the secondary facelift and the need to save as much money as possible.

        • Chris Fame

          I need to see the article that says their moving chassis to rwd, because that’s really interesting. But if it’s true, I see what they are doing logical.

    • Jason Miller

      I think it looks great.

      • CarCzarDesigner

        Good. Go buy one!

        • Jason Miller

          I’m quite enjoying my Elantra Sport. Thanks though.

        • willhaven

          Sadly, no one will.

    • Comp1

      What do you mean? It now looks just like an Infiniti! Mission Accomplished.

  • Archknight77

    Now put that engine in the Mazda3 for an ST & GTI competitor, then we’re talking.

  • God. Why? WHY will Mazda not bring this same 2.5 liter turbo to the CX-5?! Mind boggling. Doing so would make for a far punchier driving experience over the current sluggish engine. Please, Mazda, hear my plea.

    • EM1

      I agree with you 100%. My guess it will come to the States within a year.

    • 6thGear

      The CX-5 will get the diesel first before Mazda considers adding the 2.5 turbo if ever. Note that the diesel gets the same massive amount torque as the turbo.

  • Bash

    Looking sharp and good.

  • fabri99

    Fantastic looking car and very interesting engine. I think we’ll hardly see it in Europe, which is a big shame. And they could even use it in a potential Mazda3 MPS. I surely wouldn’t mind that.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I am looking forward to this new Atenza.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      especially in wagon form…..LONG LIVE THE WAGONS!!!

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Please in the US!

    • Carmaker1

      Looks like the next generation car is going to be RWD like we said, while discussing the Vision Concept. This 2018 model is a placeholder to gather extra time on such a challenging project .

      I had said many months ago that this update would arrive mid model year as a 2018 model, having my info further confirmed by redesign in 2020 and belated 2017.5 being announced not long ago.

      I really wonder if there is a solid business case for a higher-end Mazda 6, with RWD? I am concerned that Mazda is biting more than it can chew in that case, but hope they push through by studying the Charger and Stinger, improving on them and developing a suitable 6-cylinder

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Couldn’t have said it any better, my friend.

  • Tabs Luther

    [email protected] FINALLY MAZDA!!!! GEEZ

  • BOB

    I love this look, especially interior improvements. Year ago i was looking for a D segment car. Checked almost every option from popular brands to premium. After all i came to conclusion that i don’t have to pay more for a premium car when i can get one from popular brand. That was the moment whan i fell in love with Mazda 6 with beige interior (fully equipped for 40k euro… what an irony 😀 ).

  • Nordschleife

    And yet the QX80 can’t get a new interior and fledgling Mazda has updated the interior of this twice. Kudos Mazda. It may be too late but at least you finally listened to the concerns of the people.

  • Hopefully the turbo can be had with a manual. Can’t let Honda have all the fun!

  • Bob

    Mazda makes some of the most beautiful cars on the road today. No gaping maws, slats, holes, unnecessary creases and angles. Just simple and beautiful design.

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      and not boring!

  • IFDU

    Mazda is always making the right improvements, even if they are small. I like this, especially the interior.

  • Victor Ferreira

    Finally, the Mazda 6 has an engine to not make it look pathetic against the competition!

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    fresh! but ever since i tried cleaning a mazda….No thanks..their carpets and material in them are horrible..its like u cant vacumm anything out..hey i like my car clean;)

  • xDRAN0x

    AWD option?

  • Honda NSX-R

    Fuck yeah! When will it go on sale?

  • Dennis Scipio

    Meh, it’s okay.

  • SteersUright

    Finally more power and it comes in the form of a truck engine with low hp and high torque to the front wheels? Hardly what enthusiasts have been asking for, this should’ve been a proper sports sedan with rear biased AWD and over 300hp even from that same engine.

    • Darius Davis

      This isn’t a “truck engine” are you crazy…it’s designed for every larger vehicle that Mazda makes

    • Jason Miller

      “Enthusiasts” are not 90% of the population that will actually buy this car. And we don’t even know the HP numbers yet. Way to assume.

  • Leconte Dave

    About time they give it a power boost

  • Nice…only thing it needs to be complete is AWD…

  • Carmaker1

    After seeing the amount of changes I am pleased it is not a full redesign, as that pushes things toward 2021 when a rear wheel drive sedan will replace this car echoing the Vision concept. Hopefully there’s a solid business case on that car in a Stinger/Charger-like positioning.

    Haven’t done any further research on the Vision Concept, but unlike the Kai Concept (next 3 design was already done), there is a high chance Mazda can make that the next 6 at this point in time.

    If it’s on schedule for a 2021 model year release, the design may not be locked in (frozen) until sometime next year, or could even be at the beta final design stage ( not yet frozen ).

    So Mazda really needs to hear ASAP about how much the vision concept is loved from the online crowd, so that there is enough time to spare developing it to that point.

  • BlackPegasus

    3 updates on the same car since 2012? Not good for resale of existing models methinks.

  • salamOOn

    whoa…. this looks very promising, like it.
    finally ventilated seats, just offer an AWD option (but i dont think there is a possibility because of architecture of chasis?)

    • Able

      You can get an AWD 6 in Japan and Europe but only paired to a Diesel engine. A 2.5 turbo 6 with AWD would be fantastic!

  • klowik

    that’s what they should put in the 6 and the CX-5.

  • Grumpy

    That interior is stunning. Nothing in this class even comes close.

  • Dee T

    I don’t like what i see so for, the previous refresh looked perfect inside and out, this one looks soft, and did they get rid of the fog-lights? fail, but the CX-9’s engine in this car is a win, i’ve being calling for this for the longest time.

  • Tex

    Mazda desperately needs models with 250+ horses. It will start getting some respect. Who wants show up at the country club with 185 horses?

  • Big Black Duck

    Cars done Right!

  • Vassilis

    Finally! Now let’s hope they’ll also develop a 2,0 litre one.

  • Taegon Lewis

    This has to be, the worst facelift for the Atenza/“Mazda6”, ever. (In my opinion.) I’m getting tired of Mazda, trying to implement the RX-Vision’s design, in their production cars. (For example, the previous CX-5, in its facelift, was already perfect, the way it is. The current second-generation CX-5, is just a hot mess, when it comes to design; just making it, an stereotypical Alfa Romeo for the commonwealth, thus making me hate that type of brand-identity.)

    But, the only good thing, about the revised Atenza (I’m done, calling it the Mazda6; as, it’s already boring since it first came to the world, in 2003-04?), is the CX-9’s Turbo-4. Like, what self-prestigious scumbag wants to drive an “affordable luxury sedan”, like the Atenza, with 185 horsepower?

    Hopefully, Mazda will use the CX-9’s Turbo-4 in most of their models, before they become even more weaker, in the company’s 100th Birthday.

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