There’s no sugarcoating it. No matter how many awards or the amount of praise we auto journalists throw in the Mazda6’s direction, consumers are simply not into the car. Of the few reasons why this is, we come across the declining interest for the common 4-door saloon as a whole and the fact that the Mazda is up against giants like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
These two cars are fully revised for the 2018 model year and had there been no love given to it by Mazda, the 6 might have just disappeared. To avoid that, the Mazda6 has been subtly updated on the outside and the inside. The cabin feels more high-end with available Japanese Sen Wood while the outer shell has matured gracefully.
The real piece of news comes from what lies beneath the sculpted bonnet. The 2018 Mazda6 will be the 2nd vehicle from the brand to sport the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine complete with direct-injection first introduced in the Mazda CX-9. On regular fuel, this mill produces 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The bump in power need not necessarily impact fuel consumption although it is likely to climb – the engine’s torque is sublime. For those tempted to stink with the normally aspirated 2.5-litre, it gains cylinder deactivation.
Will these changes convince more consumers to sign off on a 6? Doubtful however if they take it for a test-drive, they may think twice before going for a competitor.