Despite just getting a facelift for the 2016 model year, Mazda is upgrading the Mazda6 yet again. For 2017 there are no design changes, but there’s new technology to keep the car fresh in a fiercely competitive segment.
Mechanically the Mazda6 is gaining the company’s new G-Vectoring Control System. The system basically lowers engine torque based on feedback from the suspension (and other metrics) to reduce the need to make corrective steering maneuvers. Mazda is including this as part of their Skyactiv Vehicle Dynamics pack, which is launching on the revised 2017 Mazda3.
Mazda also claims that they’ve doubled down on noise, vibration and harshness in the Mazda6 cabin. Details as to how they’ve reduced NVH on the 2017 model are not known. Also upping the luxury factor is a new Nappa leather and other premium finishes that will be optional on higher-end trim levels.
On the technology front Mazda has stacked on a full-color Active Driving Display and 4.6-inch color display in the gauge cluster. The new screen real estate is there to control the car’s new Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane-Keep Assist and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring. These technologies are also launching on the 2017 Mazda3.
Unfortunately there are no changes to the car’s 184 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Our fingers are still crossed that the Mazda6 gains some turbo power in the near future, which would just round out the latest changes quite well.
The 2017 Mazda6 will be on sale in mid-September.