Mazda6 Gets New Turbo 2.5-Liter Engine

Mazda6 Gets New Turbo 2.5-Liter Engine

A newly facelifted 2018 Mazda 6 will debut at the Los Angeles motor show next week, where the company will also use the opportunity to debut a new turbocharged petrol flagship for the range. It will mark the third incremental batch of changes made to the Mazda6 since the last full refresh in 2012.

The makeover continues inside, where Mazda says it woirked hard to "raise the quality feel of both the interior and exterior, resulting in a look of greater maturity and composure". Mazda hasn't detailed performance numbers for the engine, but the crossover is rated at a healthy 250 horsepower and and 310 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel.

While Mazda is keeping outputs under wraps for now, the boosted unit is expected to punch out 170kW of power at 5000rpm and 420Nm of torque at 2000rpm, just like it does in the CX-9.

Mazda says the engine offers "an effortless performance feel that is equal parts composure and excitement", which sounds just as pleasant as can be, and nearly too good to be true.

2018 Mazda6 Has New Look and 2.5-Liter Turbo
Mazda6 Gets New Turbo 2.5-Liter Engine

That engine option isn't yet confirmed for Australia though, we will keep you updated. It benefits from cylinder-deactivation which allows it to seamlessly switch between four and two cylinders operation for better fuel economy. The higher-spec models are also expected to gain a surround-view camera system that helps a driver identify any unseen obstacles while making low-speed manouvres - meanwhile, the cheapest Mazda 2 still doesn't get a reversing camera as standard.

Mazda will also show off its gorgeous Vision Coupe concept at the LA Auto Show, which we hope will become the next-gen Mazda 6 coupe.

. "Overall the design is more distinctive, premium, handsome and dignified, as befits the flagship of Mazda's passenger vehicle line-up". The most obvious changes include a revised grille and new headlights.

Mazda has confirmed it will soon be introducing a sporty turbo version of the humble Mazda6, confirming the plans in the lead up to the new model's debut at the LA auto show.


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