The Mazda Mazda6 is expected to largely be a carryover for the 2018 model year. The most notable updates are anticipated to be the addition of Smart City Brake Support as standard equipment and the discontinuation of the i-ELOOP regenerative braking option.
No major changes are expected in exterior appearance. Inside the cabin, expect to see the same range of standard features like cloth seats, a display audio system with rear view camera, push-button start, an electronic parking brake and more. At the moment, there is no indication that the car will gain Android Auto or Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Under the hood, expect to see the same 2.5-liter engine rated at 184 hp earning up to 35 mpg on the highway when coupled with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. As before, a 6-speed manual is anticipated to be available with every trim, from the basic Sport model to the top-level Grand Touring.
Unlike many competitors, the Mazda6 only offers a single choice of engine. In contrast, the all-new Honda Accord will get a new range of turbocharged engines, and the popular Camry continues to offer an available V6.
Plans for a diesel have apparently been put on the back burner until the automaker introduces the CX-5 Diesel later this year. Although Mazda offers a 2.5-liter turbo in the CX-9 crossover rated at 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, there has been no word yet of the Mazda6 getting the same option.
One notable change could be the discontinuation of i-ELOOP in the Grand Touring. Mazda already removed the option from the 2018 Mazda3, and the same could be the case in the Mazda6. The system helps power accessories via regenerative braking but has only been available with the GT Premium Package.
In terms of safety, the Mazda6 will reportedly feature automatic emergency braking as standard equipment. According to Consumer Reports, both the Touring and Grand Touring will feature Smart Brake Support which can function at highway speeds. Like the Mazda3, we also anticipate that the entry-level Sport will get Smart City Brake Support, which functions at city speeds of up to 19 mph.
Expect a full review closer to launch.