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The Mazda 6 now looks more premium than ever. The Japanese carmaker has just revealed the latest iteration of its flagship midsize sedan at the ongoing 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, bringing with it a host of new styling upgrades and the addition of turbocharged performance.

Yes, the refresh is getting a turbo, but more on that later. First, let's talk about its new look. You'll notice that the new 6 has adopted a similar intricate mesh grille design akin to the second-generation Mazda CX-5. This is flanked by sleeker swept-back LED headlights, and it all fits in perfectly with Mazda's "mature elegance" theme. The 6 also sports new designs for its 17- and 19-inch wheels.

The interior is all-new, with the exception of the steering wheel and a few trim pieces. The dashboard, door panels, and seats now look more luxurious than ever thanks to nappa leather, intricate stitching, and very premium suede. The front seats have also been designed to absorb vibration better and to provide a more comfortable ride. The carmaker also says it has tweaked the suspension and chassis, making it stiffer to provide a smoother ride and improved steering response.

Now on to the more important bits. In the US market, the company will now be offering a turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine (as seen in the all-new Mazda CX-9) along with its naturally-aspirated counterpart. The turbo version puts out up to 250hp and 420Nm of torque, and features Mazda's Dynamic Pressure Turbo technology to provide better airflow and output. Oh, and all this will still come with the option of a manual transmission (for our market, don't hold your breath for a manual variant).

The new Mazda 6 is scheduled for release in the US sometime in 2018. Now word yet on when we'll see it here in our region, but we'll keep definitely you guys posted.

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Drei Laurel
Staff Writer
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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