Updated Mazda 6 scores new safety features, refined design and price cuts across most models.
After debuting the new Mazda6 at the LA motor show last year, and coming less than a year after it's last update, Mazda have confirmed local specifications and pricing for the 2015 model.
The new Mazda6 receives price cuts across most models - following the Free Trade Agreement signed between Australia and Japan recently - with the starting price lowered by $920 for the Mazda6 Sport sedan which now kicks off at $32,540.
Mid-spec Touring (priced from $37,280), GT ($42,720) and top-level Atenza ($46,420) trim levels fill out the range, with all four available in either sedan or wagon bodystyles.
The updates to the Mazda6 focus on improving safety and cabin comfort, mirroring the updates made to the CX-5 SUV last month.
Also like the CX-5, the 2015 Mazda6 maintains its drivetrain options from the previous model in the form of 138kW/250Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol and 129kW/420Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engines, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Mazda's MZD Connect multimedia system (seen in the Mazda3, Mazda2 and now the CX-5) and its seven-inch touchscreen interface is added across the range. Sport models feature six-speaker sound, while Touring, GT and Atenza models have an 11-speaker Bose system.
GT and Atenza models receive 'Active Driving Display', a heads-up display above the dashboard that shows speed, navigation directions and other vehicle information.
The Mazda6's autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system has been improved to work when the car is reversing, as well as going forwards. It is available as part of a factory-fitted 'Safety Pack' on Touring and GT models, while included as standard on the Atenza.
The Atenza also receives adaptive LED headlights, lane keep assist and driver fatigue monitoring as part of the 2015 updates.
The 'Safety Pack' features introduced in last year's update (blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward AEB and auto-dimming rear view mirrors) continue for the 2015 model.
Externally, Mazda continues to evolve their 'Kodo' design language by tweaking the styling of the Mazda6's front and rear. Wheel designs have also been updated for both the Sport and Touring's 17-inch steel wheels and the 19-inch alloys of the GT and Atenza models.