rsquo16 Mazda6 receives new front grille with horizontal flow

’16 Mazda6 receives new front grille with horizontal flow.

Mazda6 Refresh Conveys Brand Evolution, Automaker Says

Mazda says NVH performance has been stepped up, with cabin noise reduced by 10% on rough roads and 25% on highways.

The Mazda6 flagship sedan receives a major refresh for ’16, with improvements made to the exterior, interior and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.

Unveiled today at the L.A. auto show, the Mazda6 receives a new front grille that the automaker says has a “stronger horizontal flow.” Redesigned LED headlamps have a more eye-like appearance, reflecting Mazda’s Kodo design language, while a new shark-fin antenna streamlines the vehicle’s form.

New LED taillamps adorn the rear, giving it a “sharp, taut look,” Mazda says. The Mazda6 also gets a number of new color choices, including Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica, first introduced on the Mazda3.

Inside the instrument panel and floor console have been redesigned for a less cluttered look, while gaps between interior panels have been minimized. Interior seating offerings include black or white leather, as well as black or sand-beige fabric.

Another interior improvement is revised front and rear seat structures that the automaker says provides excellent bolstering and the feeling of “comfortable snugness and a good fit.”

NVH performance has been stepped up, with cabin noise reduced 10% on rough roads and 25% on highways compared with the outgoing model, Mazda says.

The Mazda6 also gets the automaker’s i-ActiveSense suite of safety technologies that include blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and smart brake support, which primes the brakes to avoid frontal collision or minimize damage when traveling mid- to high-speed.

The ’16 Mazda6 carries over the 2.5L Skyactiv gas engine from the outgoing model that produces 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. (251 Nm) of torque. The engine can be mated to either a 6-speed manual Skyactiv transmission or a 6-speed Skyactiv automatic gearbox.

Fuel economy is rated at 25/37 mpg (9.4-6.4 L/100 km) city/highway when equipped with the manual and 26/38 mpg (9.0-6.2 L/100 km) with the automatic transmission.

“While the sophisticated air born of Kodo design remains, the refreshed Mazda6 marks an evolution to a bolder and more elegant expression that lends it stronger presence as the flagship model and clearly conveys the further evolution of the brand,” the automaker says in a statement.

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