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When it comes to the aesthetics, the Mazda6 is one good-looking car. Based on concepts like the Mazda Coupe and Mazda Kai, both of which will head to Geneva alongside the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, this wagon once again employs Mazda’s Kodo design language to great effect. The 2018 model year refines the old model’s styling bits, and although the overall look doesn’t change a whole lot, we aren’t complaining – we think it looks great, and we think there’s a definite upscale vibe to it. Thankfully, it’s also not nearly as stuffy as the numerous European sedans found elsewhere on the Geneva show floor. Rather, its got its own curvaceous Japanese styling to it, and that’s a big plus in our book.
Let’s check out the details, starting in front where we once again find impressively flared wheel arches that add a ton of visual beefiness to the front end. The new model also comes with a larger front grille, which is set in an elliptical shape and fitted with a metal mesh insert. Despite its size, we think the grille looks quite good, and its definitely an improvement on the old model’s horizontal slats. The headlights also look longer and leaner than before, pulled back into fenders in a taut, slim shape. LEDs are used for the lighting element, while chrome detailing adds icing on the cake.
The headlights also look longer and leaner than before, pulled back into fenders in a taut, slim shape
The long, flared fenders in front lead into a profile that’s punctuated by a variety of angles and character lines, both above and below. The window line dives down towards the front end, adding a bit of visual rake and enhancing the visual weight of the plus-sized rear end. In terms of wheel sizing, we expect Mazda to offer 19-inch wheels like on the U.S.-spec sedan, while standard sizing will be set at 17 inches. A few new paint options would also be nice.
In back, expect slimmer taillights and further shiny trim detailing. Dual exhaust tips would also be a nice complement to the elegant, yet sporty aesthetic.
Further more, Mazda says the new look is now more aero-efficient than before, although the automaker declines to go into detail. Look for official specs next month.
Mazda6 Tourer Interior
- New interior layout focuses on horizontal lines
- Lots of premium touches throughout
- Fresh safety and driver assist tech
- Nearly 60 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear bench folded
- Fingers crossed for optional Japanese Sen wood trim
The look is characterized by broad horizontal surfaces and long unbroken shapes. New switch gear was added to the center console, and there's an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash.
Step inside the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer, and you’ll find a cabin look and layout that’s identical to the sedan (plus a good deal more cargo room in the rear, of course). Mazda says that the sedan gets an “all-new” interior where “only the steering wheel and small trim pieces [are] carried over from its predecessor,” and that looks to be the case in the Tourer model as well.
The look is characterized by broad horizontal surfaces and long unbroken shapes. New switch gear was added to the center console, with a slick, simplified button layout for the climate control system, above which you’ll find an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash. An optional 7.0-inch TFT screen can be had for the gauge cluster. The soft touch materials look great, and continue from the dash into the door panels. We’re expecting Nappa leather for the upholstery and optional Japanese Sen wood for the dash. There’s also new seats in front, which Mazda says are more supportive and more comfortable this time around.
New switch gear was added to the center console, with a slick, simplified button layout for the climate control system, above which you'll find an 8.0-inch touchscreen sitting high on the dash
As a complement to the upscale layout and top-shelf materials, Mazda says the new 6 gets reduced levels of NVH (or noise, vibration, and harshness) inside the cabin, which is obviously critical to attaining that upscale vibe Mazda is shooting for. Further complements include a broader range of i-Activsense safety features, such as 360-degree monitor with a top-down view, and intelligent speed assist.
Finally, the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer looks to keep its decent rear cargo room, which is currently rated at 522 liters (18.4 cubic feet) with the rear bench up, and expands out to 1,664 liters (58.8 cubic feet) with the bench folded down.
Mazda6 Tourer Drivetrain
Engine lineup likely to include 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0-liter gas
Six-speed automatic and six-speed manual on the table
FWD as standard, AWD optional
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