The refreshed 2017 Mazda6 will be launched locally next week and Mazda has revealed a raft of key technology and interior tweaks to keep it fresh.

THE PASSENGER CAR market is in decline but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of feature-packed and practical cars in this segment. And Mazda is hoping the refreshed Mazda6 which will launch here next week will carve out a niche in the headlong rush towards SUVs.

Overnight, Mazda revealed key updates to the new Mazda6, which include the introduction of the brand’s G-vectoring Control technology which is designed to make tiny, constant adjustments on the steering and the torque load on the wheels to improve things like grip on turn-in and stability. We’ll tell you more once we’ve driven the car.

The engines are unchanged although the diesel engine has been tweaked to be quieter than before, via Mazda’s Natural Sound Smoother Technology (NSS). The complement the quieter engine, new sound deadening materials have been used with Mazda saying there’s now less wind noise. We’ve been vocal critics of Mazda’s NVH in the past so this sounds like good news indeed.

There are some new colours for the Mazda6 and there’s a heads-up display, reversing camera and Mazda’s safety suite which includes automatic emergency braking.

In Europe, pricing remains unchanged for the refreshed Mazda6, but Mazda Australia hasn’t said yet whether it will follow suit.


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