The current Mazda 6 has been around since 2012 but it did receive a rather large update last year. Well, it now seems that the car may be completely replaced with a new model. Even though these are nothing but rumors, it looks like the upcoming 2018 Mazda 6 will be redesigned from the ground up. This would allow Mazda to better suit their car to their customer’s needs and it should give them a better chance of competing in a really tough market.
2018 Mazda 6 Redesign
The current car is based on Mazda’s highly modular SkyActiv architecture which underpins all of their current vehicles. Even though not official, it seems the new version will be based on the same platform. The car’s wheelbase is expected to remain roughly the same as before but the car is likely going to get wider as well as lower. This should allow Mazda to work on their design in order to offer a slightly more appealing vehicle than before. On top of that, the running gear might also be reworked. The car is expected to receive better brakes as well as a new steering system. The latter is expected to be a drive-by-wire system which would make it the first car in its class to get it.
Mazda 6 2018 Price
The price is an unknown factor for now but we doubt much will change. The base model is likely going to still start around $23,000 with the range-topping versions going for less than $40,000. The car’s release date hasn’t been confirmed but it looks like the model will be showcased first in Japan, likely at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Show.
Mazda 6 Design
Even though the ongoing model looks great, there is quite a bit of room to improve it. Not that long ago a render for the 2018 Mazda 6 has been revealed which showcased what Mazda could do to the car’s design. Expect the production model to boast a larger pentagonal front grille as well as more aggressive swept-back headlights. Vertical LED DRLs could be used while the car could get much larger intakes than before too. From the profile, it won’t look that different from the current model. It will still be longer than most other sedans out there but its sloping roofline will be much more clear than before.
Interior of new Mazda 6
Like most other manufacturers these days, Mazda is expected to make the interior of the new 6 a lot more appealing to the younger generation. Expect it to boast a really minimalist look with far fewer buttons than before. A large wide-screen LCD screen will likely be used for the infotainment system while a swivel control wheel is expected to be used in the center stack. The materials here are expected to be improved too in order to make it feel more like a premium car.
2018 Mazda 6 Engine
One of the biggest changes for the 2018 Mazda 6 is going to be its available engines. Not that long ago Mazda actually confirmed that the new 6 will receive their brand new HCCI technology. This basically means “homogeneous charge compression ignition” and it would allow the gasoline engine to work like a diesel, igniting its fuel through compressing the fuel/air mixture. The car would still feature a spark plug for cold-weather or high-load operation. This would allow Mazda’s engine to offer more power than before while reducing the fuel consumption by up to 30%. In fact, we expect this new engine to make the new 6 the most efficient sedan on the US market. In fact, it might allow the manufacturer to completely discontinue their diesel offering. In order to make use of this highly efficient engine, an automatic gearbox is most likely going to be offered as standard.