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Mazda Australia has launched an updated version of its Mazda6 sedan and wagon with new equipment, a simplified model range and price hikes of up to $2400.
The company has cut the existing diesel engine option from the lineup, and there are now eight variants are available (previously there were 14 versions of the Mazda6). The available models remain the same with the Sport at the bottom, Touring in the middle and GT and Atenza sitting above.
Pricing now kicks off at $34,490 plus on-road costs (+$1000), and added equipment is now standard across the range including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, as well as tyre pressure monitoring across the range. The Atenza has picked up a heated steering wheel too.
Mazda has also revised the audio system by adding another antenna for superior radio quality. This is reportedly due to the second antenna’s ability to cancel out noise generated by secondary wave interference.
An upgraded version of the company’s G-Vectoring electronic chassis control program is now standard after debuting in the updated CX-5. The latest version of the system is said to offer superior high speed stability thanks to new yaw control functionality.
The previously available 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine - which was available on Touring, GT and Atenza variants - has been axed. It's not yet known why the diesel option was canned, though low sales volumes are likely to be the reason.
That leaves two remaining engine options - a 140kW/252Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in Sport and Touring models, and a 170kW/420Nm turbocharged version of the same engine in the GT and Atenza. The non-turbo engine uses 7.0L/100km on a combined cycle, with the turbo version using 7.6L/100km. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission option.
|2019 Mazda6 pricing (plus on-road costs):|
|GT turbo sedan:||$45,990|
|GT turbo wagon:||$47,290|
|Atenza turbo sedan:||$49,890|
|Atenza turbo wagon:||$51,190|