New Mazda 6 sedan debuts in Los Angeles

2018 Mazda6 getting more power, concept-inspired looks

2018 Mazda6 getting more power, concept-inspired looks

This engine debuted in the latest CX-9 large SUV, where it produces 170kW and 420Nm.

For those looking for a more practically-enhanced 6, Mazda has now introduced cylinder deactivation on the base 2.5-liter mill for less frequent trips to the pumps in addition to a wider suite of the brand's active safety tech, including radar cruise control and a 360° View Monitor. Mazda has not specifically confirmed these outputs for the Mazda6 but we doubt there will be any changes. However, Mazda has been lagging behind in respect to power for the segment, with the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima offering up to 180kW, the Subaru Liberty offering up to 191kW, and the Ford Mondeo offering up to 177kW. Mazda's large and rather classy looking sedan was dropped from the South African market previous year due to a lack of demand locally, but it is soldiering on happily overseas and soon there will be a new version, sporting a turbo engine.

Mazda also supplied an interior picture, showing a redesigned dashboard that now features Japanese Sen Wood and other upgraded materials. The power plant will be equipped with a disconnection system of a pair of cylinders that will contribute to reduced fuel consumption during light load.

The 2018 Mazda 6 will offer underhood muscle to match its sporty driving dynamics, the automaker said Wednesday ahead of the mid-size sedan's unveiling later this month at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Other changes coming to the Mazda mid-size model include an upgrade of the Radar Cruise Control system allowing it to bring the vehicle to a standing stop and take off again when the auto in front moves away.

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