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2017 Mazda 6 Bows Globally with a Few Updates and More Amenities

2017 Mazda 6 Bows Globally with a Few Updates and More Amenities

By Philly Murtha, August 11, 2016
This week, Mazda introduced its 2017 Mazda6 midsize sedan that gets a mild refresh and a new exterior color—Machine Gray Metallic. Most of the changes relate to driving dynamics, though the new 2017 version of the Mazda 6 has more premium interior features and advanced safety systems than the 2016 model. The sporty midsize sedan had its last major update in 2015.

Mazda engineers state that the refreshed Mazda 6 is the automaker’s first model in North America to apply G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which engineers describe as integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis, and body. It’s the kind of engineering that Mazda says gives drivers the sense of “horse and rider as one.” This translates to more responsive steering, and finer-tuned control for drivers who like to “feel the road,” Mazda says.

Under the car’s sheetmetal, Mazda also adds more advanced safety features. A new camera detects pedestrians as well as cars or large objects. Collision warning and intelligent or automatic emergency braking are also included in the available Mazda i-Activesense group of driver-assistance features.

Inside the 2017 Mazda 6 there is a new steering wheel that was first used on the 2016 CX-9 crossover SUV and now includes a heating control function. The monochrome information display has been updated with a full-color 4.6-in.TFT screen. A head-up display is adjustable and now features a full-color readout.

A quiet cabin was a focus for 2017, Mazda says. Noise levels are reduced in the new Mazda sedan, with thicker front-door glass and improved seals and weather stripping, plus the automaker says it has added more noise-baffling material in the car’s headliner.

What’s also nice is that Mazda is introducing for 2017 a new Mazda 6 Grand Touring Premium trim level that offers a choice of interiors—black or almond nappa leather seats piped and stitched in titanium gray with bright metallic finished trim throughout the cabin. A black headliner, heated steering wheel, and heated rear outboard seats are also included as are available safety systems including regenerative braking.

The 2017 Mazda 6 arrives in dealer showrooms in September, at which time pricing will be revealed.

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