Unveiled yesterday together with the refreshed CX-5 and the 6 Wagon, the new 2016 Mazda 6 sedan has undergone a cosmetic exterior and interior makeover. New tech (read: Sport mode) and active safety systems (read: adaptive LED headlamps) have been injected into the sedan, too.
According to Mazda Philippines' president and CEO Steven Tan, the company sold 230 units of the 2013 Mazda 6, about twice as much as the previous-generation model. Will this revised 6 outsell its pre-facelift version? Let's see if its new features will tickle the fancy of car buyers.
Now sporting a new grille design, the 6 sedan's signature wing has an increased three-dimensional appearance and depth. It now sports adaptive LED headlamps and new daylight running lights. Completing its new facial features are the foglamp bezel and the LED foglamps.
The makeover extends to the cabin, where an active driving display and Mazda Connect are now made standard. Buyers of the refreshed 6 will have the option of white or black leather (the 6 used to come only with black leather). And yes, the 6 sedan now has a Sport mode. Just use the new drive selector to turn this on. Commander switch and electrical parking brake switch are also new features of the 6 sedan.
Aesthetically speaking, the interior has the following new features:
* New louver and louver dial design
* New instrument cluster design
* Double-stitched leather trims
* New AT shift boot
* New console design
* Front cupholders with sliding cover and adjusting tabs
* Piano-black climate control
* Wider door pockets
* Leather dashboard inserts
In addition to the adaptive LED lamps, which eliminates the need to manually adjust the headlights' brightness, the new 6 now has a lane-keep assist system that notifies the driver of lane changes at speeds of 65kph and up, and guides the driver to return the car to its designated lane.
All these changes add just P20,000 to the sedan's previous price tag. Thus, the new 6 now costs P1.785 million. Do you think the tech toys and cosmetic makeover are worth it? Better check out the car yourself.
Photos by Tracy Carpena