Refreshed 2018 Mazda6 Coming to LA Auto Show, Receives Turbo Option

A new design, turbochargers, and cylinder deactivation all make their way to the midsize Mazda.

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Not one to let Toyota and Honda have all of the midsize-sedan fun with new and zesty versions of the Camry and Accord, Mazda has teased a significantly refreshed Mazda6 for 2018. 

Keen followers of the Zoom-Zoom brand will note that the Mazda6 already received a mid-cycle refresh just two short model years ago, but this rework looks to be much more substantial than 2016's subtle nip-and-tuck. A new, more chiseled front fascia brings Mazda's mid-sizer in line with its new, more refined design language also seen in the Japanese automaker's CX-5 and CX-9 crossovers. While the teaser photos can't confirm it just yet, we expect the new 6's rear end to be similarly sharpened up as well. 

The Mazda6's interior has also been spruced up, receiving a new dash unashamedly reminiscent of instrument panels found in Audi's latest products. 

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Under the hood, however, is where things get interesting. Enthusiast buyers in the market for a sensible family sedan with a thirst for driving fun have lamented the current-gen Mazda6's lack of a V-6 option. Well, in the current emissions-reg situation, that train has pretty much already left the station. However, Mazda's given the 6 the next best thing: a turbo. 

Yes, the 2018 Mazda6 can now be had with the same 2.5-liter, turbo four-pot SkyActiv-G engine found in the CX-9. Mazda says that it can produce torque "on par with a 4.0-liter V-8," but considering the powerplant is good for 310 pound-feet of torque and 250 horsepower on premium fuel in the CX-9, we'll refrain from commenting on any V-8 comparisons for now. 

For those looking for a more practically-enhanced 6, Mazda has now introduced cylinder deactivation on the base 2.5-liter mill for less frequent trips to the pumps in addition to a wider suite of the brand's active safety tech, including radar cruise control and a 360° View Monitor.

Not expected to deviate too much from its current starting price of $21,945, the 2018 Mazda6 is scheduled to be revealed in full at the LA Auto Show on Nov. 29.