The ongoing Mazda 6 has been around since 2012 and the car already received a facelift more than a year back. In order to keep it as fresh as possible, the car just received a second update with the 2019 Mazda 6. Despite what most said, it looks like this is not an entirely new vehicle. However, Mazda’s engineers did change mostly everything about it, so the car feels considerably better than it used to. While the new 6 still uses the same architecture as before, Mazda installed quite a few new reinforcements under the skin. There is also more sound insulation as well as thicker steel on the rear wheel arches. The end result is better NVH levels, a more comfortable ride and a far stiffer platform than before.
2019 Mazda 6 Review and Rumors
However, not everything is great about this update. Due to all those new reinforcements, the new 6 is also heavier than its predecessor. Audi Q3 is here….
Luckily this shouldn’t really be an issue as the car also received some upgrades under the hood. In order to better fit the new platform, the running gear has been upgraded as well. While the Mazda 6 is a full-size sedan, the car definitely feels like a much smaller vehicle which is mostly thanks to Mazda’s attention to detail.
The suspension is firm but not too firm while the brakes are on point. The car may still feel unusual with the larger wheels but it is definitely more comfortable than some of its rivals.
Engine and Specs
The base model of the new 6 still gets the same 2.5 liters naturally aspirated inline-four engine as before. With only 184 horsepower and around 185 lb-ft of torque, this is not all that bad. The engine is actually really responsive and quite efficient.
For 2019, the engine received cylinder deactivation as well as a counterweight in order to eliminate as many vibrations as possible when running on 2 cylinders. The big change here is the addition of a new 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. This has been actually around for a while on the CX-9 where it makes 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
This is a rather unusual mill as it has been specifically developed to do good in a crossover. Even so, as the 6 is lighter, more aerodynamic and now helped by a better gearbox, the car feels much better than it ever used to.
With the new engines, the 2019 Mazda 6 will also receive a new spark-compression ignition engine. This will run like a diesel but it will use gas as fuel, so it will come with the advantages of a diesel but none of the drawbacks. This will be a 2.0 liter unit with a supercharger offering around 190 horsepower.
While still unclear for now, the engine may just replace the older 2.5-liter unit as the base offering in the upcoming years. Sadly at this point, it looks like a hybrid is not going to be available anytime soon.
Exterior and Interior Redesign
The interior didn’t really change all that much over its predecessor. The basic layout of the 2019 Mazda 6 is actually the same as that of its predecessor. However, there are a few new buttons, the design of the AC vents changed and there is a new instrument cluster too.
The exterior of the car, on the other hand, evolved quite a bit. There is a new larger grille in the front, new headlights which are now integrated into the chrome inserts as well as a new curvier body.
With the added benefit of the larger wheels and the swept-back roof, the new Mazda 6 finally looks like a four-door coupe.
The only real drawback we still see with its design has to be the massive amount of chrome on some models which simply doesn’t fit this car.
Release and Price
Mazda already revealed the new 6 a couple of months back but it looks like they will wait for a little while before releasing it on the market.
When the car will hit the market though, we can expect the price of the 2019 Mazda 6 to be identical to its predecessor.
The base model should still hover around $23,000 while the range-topping versions will go to as far as $32,000.
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