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2020 Mazda Mazda6: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 22, 2019
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Mazda will debut its 2.2-liter diesel engine in the U.S. as a part of the 2019 CX-5 lineup, and next on the diesel transplant list is the 2020 Mazda6. Details are still scant on the 2020 Mazda6 diesel, but there is enough info on the CX-5 diesel to paint a near-complete picture.

The third-generation Mazda6 debuted in 2014 with a sharp look that helped usher in Mazda’s Kodo design language. In 2018, it went through a refresh that brought in a new grille and LED headlights. These new looks remained the same in the 2019 model, and we expect them to remain the same again in the 2020 Mazda6.

Inside, the 2018 refresh made a huge impact, bringing in a brand-new dashboard design, climate control interface, and new seats that deliver a higher comfort level. This rework gave the Mazda6 a more premium appearance we expect it to remain the same when the 2020 Mazda6 hits showrooms.

The current Mazda6’s base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 187 horsepower. Buyers looking for more power can get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-pot that delivers 250 hp on premium fuel. We expect these engines to remain the same in 2020. We expect these engines to continue to pair with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.


2018 Mazda Mazda6

According to reports, what will change under the 2020 Mazda6’s hood will be an optional 2.2-liter diesel engine. There are no official details on its output, but the CX-5’s version of this engine produces 168 hp and 290 pound-feet of torque. Reports also indicate this engine will pair with a six-speed automatic transmission, but there are also rumblings of a six-cog manual. Fuel economy is the key reason for buying a diesel vehicle, but the numbers aren’t ready for the Mazda6 diesel. For reference, the CX-5 diesel is rated 27 miles per gallon city, 30 highway, and 28 combined, and Mazda expects significantly better ratings in the Mazda6 diesel.

The IIHS hasn’t tested the 2019 Mazda6 fully, but the 2018 model was an IIHS Top Safety Pick. This rating is due to the Mazda6’s rigid construction and standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control. There is also an available surround-view camera on top trims. We expect these features and ratings to remain the same in the 2020 Mazda6.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official release date for the 2020 Mazda6 and its diesel variant. Stay tuned for updates.

With the only change being the diesel engine, we do not expect big price changes from the 2019 model, which ranges from $24,720 to $36,020 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Mazda6 will compete with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima.

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Pictured: 2018 Mazda6

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