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2018 Mazda Mazda6: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - November 15, 2017
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Model Preview

The Mazda6 is set to receive major updates for the 2018 model year. The sleek sedan has been due for an update after having last been redesigned back in 2014. Full official details haven't been revealed, but teaser images show a heavily re-engineered vehicle. One of the more notable changes will be the addition of fuel-saving technology in the base engine and a 2.5-liter turbo at the top of the range.

As far as design, the updated Mazda6 appears to bear a striking resemblance to the popular CX-5. The front of the car features the same dark mesh grille and sculpted headlights underscored by aggressive chrome. Like the CX-5, the hood also appears to protrude slightly. Inside, teaser images don't show much.

Like other models in its lineup, it appears the new Mazda6 will continue to feature a touchscreen infotainment system mounted on the center dash. No information has been given yet on whether the car will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Competitors like Honda and Hyundai have thus far offered an advantage in this regard.

Under the hood, Mazda says its 2.5-liter base engine will benefit from the addition of cylinder deactivation for improved fuel efficiency. For reference, the outgoing Mazda6 is rated at up to 26 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 mg overall. Will the car be able to topple segment-leaders like the 2018 Altima rated at up to 38 highway? That remains to be seen.

At the top of the range, shoppers may rejoice at the arrival of a turbocharged option called the 2.5T from the CX-9 crossover. In that vehicle, the engine produces up to 227 hp with 310 lb-ft of torque. To put that in perspective, the non-turbo 2.5-liter in the outgoing Mazda6 makes just 184 hp with 185 lb-ft. This could prove a compelling alternative to cars like the 2018 Honda Accord which now offers turbocharging across its entire range.

One notable change could be the discontinuation of i-ELOOP in the Grand Touring. Mazda already removed the option from the 2018 Mazda3, and the same could be the case in the Mazda6. The system helps power accessories via regenerative braking but has only been available with the GT Premium Package. Plans for a diesel have apparently been put on the back burner until the automaker introduces the CX-5 Diesel later this year.

In terms of safety, the Mazda6 will continue to offer a wide range of driver assistance technology. Although standard equipment has not yet been announced, it's highly likely that the car will offer Smart City Brake Support (low-speed emergency braking) at the entry level. Mazda has been adding this as standard equipment in vehicles like the 2017.5 Mazda6 and 2018 Mazda3. Further up the range, expect the full range of features like Smart Brake Support (full-speed emergency braking), adaptive cruise control and more to be available.

Stay tuned for updates.

Pricing & Release Date

Mazda will unveil the new Mazda6 at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. However, an on-sale date has not yet been announced. At the moment, it's unclear whether or not the car will be available for sale before the holidays or if shoppers will have to wait until a date in 2018.

Official pricing has not yet been revealed. For reference, the current car starts at $22,820 including destination with the standard 6-speed manual. The automatic adds $1,050 for an MSRP of $23,870. The range tops out at $31,570 for the well-equipped Grand Touring.

Key competitors include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion.

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Pictured: 2018 Mazda6 (above), 2017 CX-9 engine detail (below)

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