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Mazda6 Gets New Turbo 2.5-Liter Engine

Mazda6 Gets New Turbo 2.5-Liter Engine

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.

Mazda has announced it will pull the wraps off what it calls a "2.5T" version of the mid-size sedan as part of a major mid-life overhaul of the range that will be unveiled at the LA Motor Show, which kicks off late this month. The auto maker is not yet ready to talk price, but the former MPS carried a $6K premium over the highest-priced 6 at the time.

Transplanted from the CX-9, in which it made its debut, the 2.5-litre "SkyActiv-G" turbo-petrol four-cylinder powertrain will slot under the Mazda6's bonnet for the first time.

According to the manufacturer, the engine produces "torque on par with a 4-litre V8", which should equate to decent performance for the Mazda6.




Mazda will also use the 2017 Los Angeles motor show to showcase the updated CX-5, the Vision Coupe concept, the RT24-P prototype race auto, along with its current line up of cars and examples of the brand's Skyactiv-G engines.

But Mazda has also announced changes are in store for the 6's default 138kW/250Nm powerplant.

Meanwhile, the 2.5-litre "SkyActiv-G" naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol used in the current Mazda6 is set to receive a tickle, with cylinder deactivation technology added to improve fuel efficiency. This time, the automaker brings new power and performance technology, along with subtle design changes to the interior and exterior.

Mazda will expand safety features across the entire Mazda 6 range, making Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) standard, in addition to the inclusion of stop/start radar cruise control, while the high grade Atenza model also picking up a 360-degree camera. "Overall the design is more distinctive, premium, handsome and dignified, as befits the flagship of Mazda's passenger vehicle line-up".


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