INCREMENTAL improvements have tweaked an already adept Mazda6.
Prices have been reduced virtually across the refreshed range (the entry-level Sport is down $920 from its 2012 launch price), barring some slight increases to a couple of diesel variants, courtesy of the new free trade agreement with Japan.
The base-model Mazda6 now starts from $32,540 and climbs to $50,920 for the fully kitted out wagon.
Following the tyre tracks of the recently updated CX-5 SUV and Mazda3 small car, this mid-sizer bows to the corporate blueprint of internal styling.
Incoming is an electric park brake and the infotainment system which uses a centrally positioned dial to control the various functions found via the dash-mounted 17.7cm colour screen.
Changes to the lights are the key external alteration to the updated Mazda6, along with a different look to the horizontal lines on the grille.
Colours options include red, two shades of blue, black, grey, white, silver and titanium. White seat trim, rather than "off-white" is now an option in combination with some colours on the up spec models which have leather trim.
New additions to all models other than Sport vehicles are adaptive LED headlights which automatically dim for oncoming cars and also improve all-round vision at night.
Safety packs including blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and an automatic braking function to help avoid or lessen a collision are also available on all models other than the Atenza (which gets everything standard).
Base Sport models still come with an impressive array of gear, including sat nav, 17-inch alloys, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, dual zone air con, 17.7cm colour screen and steering wheel mounted paddles for shifting gears manually.
With no drivetrain changes, the petrol and diesel engines have been carried over with a six-speed automatic the only transmission option.
Sport Safety $33,770
Touring Safety $38,540
GT Safety $43,780
Touring Safety $41,740
GT Safety $46,980
Sport Safety $35,070
Touring Safety $39,840
GT Safety $45,080
Details: Four-door sedan or five-door wagon.
Engine: 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 138kW @ 5700rpm and peak torque of 250Nm @ 3250rpm; 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbo-diesel generating maximum power of 129kW @ 4500rpm and peak torque of 420Nm @ 2000rpm.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic.
Consumption: 6.6 litres/100km; 5.4L/100km.
CO2: 153g/km; 141g/km.
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