By Asian Journal Auto Editor
One of the best looking mid –sized sedan in the marketplace, the 2017 Mazda 6 reminds me a little of an Italian Maserati with its sinuous curves. Using Mazda’s signature KODO design language; the long, graceful hood and steeply raked windshield all meld into a harmonious feline shape that attracted looks wherever we drove it. Unlike its competition, the Mazds6 is less fussy, more organic and wonderfully designed outside and in. Just a few changes for 2017, the most notable being the cool-sounding G-Vectoring Control (GVC) technology. It’s a system that aids vehicle control using torque or brake vectoring system, and cuts engine torque very slightly while turning, to transfer weight to the front wheels, thereby enhancing grip and improving steering response. Also offered (GT Trim only.) is a new regenerative braking system called i-ELOOP, which stores recouped brake energy and uses it to power on-board accessories. I-ELOOP also helps lowers fuel consumption and conserves battery power. Combined with active grille shutters, i-ELOOP helps the Mazda6 achieve a 6.9L/100 km highway fuel economy rating and 8.9 in the city. Our tester was the sporty GT model in a Deep Soul Red metallic paint set off by 19-inch high lustre gunmetal alloy wheels.
The Mazda6 is powered by a 2.5-litre, DOHC inline four-cylinder producing 184 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Our tester had the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed Sport mode auto transmission with paddle shifters. In case you need a reminder, Skyactiv is Mazda unique suite of engineering solutions that aim to bypass hybrid/electric technology to provide greater fuel efficiency. Skyactiv engines are lighter, high compression power plants with racing style exhausts and improved technology. Weigh saving is key with heavy items such as transmissions have been designed as light as possible. Our GT model came with front and rear heated rear seats forward collision control, adaptive cruise control, lane departure system, push button start, Bluetooth audio profile, power moonroof, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, 19-inch high lustre gunmetal alloy wheels, electric handbrake switch, BOSE audio system with 11 speakers, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and rearview camera. Staring price for the 2017 GT is $32,895. My tester came with the $2,800 Technology Package that includes: SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), High Beam Control (HBC), and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). Lane Assist (LAS) and i-ELOOP technology. Also added was the Premium package ($1,500) that offered: Nappa leather upholstery, color coordinated interior with black roof liner, premium stitched steering wheel, overhead console, satin chrome plated switches, glove box, trim and titanium color dash strip trim for extra pizazz. Including a $1,695 shipping fee, the cost for our GT as tested was $38,490.
The Mazda6 interior is typical of the brand, with a neat sporty look to the design and great sports seats. The dash is well designed with a driver –centric design and all controls and gauges nicely legible and easy to use. There is now an upgraded infotainment system, and a rotary controller too access important features. Interiors are roomy and the rear cargo volume is 419 litres. On the road, the 2017 Mazda6 has plenty of power and there is “Power” mode button beside the shift lever that changes engine and transmission mapping for more aggressive performance. Handling is good thanks to the slightly stiffer suspension set up and gives a delightfully flair to the driving experience. To sum up that the Mazda6 is a gorgeous looking family sedan that should be on your list of you like a little Zoom Zoom to your driving! Highly recommended.
2017 Mazda6 GT MRSP $32,895. Price as tested with options ($3,900) freight and PDE – $38,490.