After the Mazda3 facelift was unveiled, the bigger sibling was also due for a minor refresh. Don’t worry if you’re squinting your eyes to find the changes from the current Mazda6 that’s currently on sale, because the changes are applied under the skin.
Inside, a new three-spoke steering wheel carried over from the all-new CX-9 is fitted. The Active Driving Display (heads up display) is now multi-coloured. Elsewhere, a suite of safety conveniences is included in the refreshed D-segment, such as Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane-Keep assist and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring. Other premium touches include heated steering wheel and contrast stitching around the rest of the cabin.
However, the biggest change is literally under the skin, invisible to the naked eye – Mazda’s all new G-Vectoring Control (GVC). Debuted in the Mazda 3/Axela facelift, the GVC is the first in Mazda’s series of Skyactive-Vehicle Dynamics Control Technologies. This series of technology aims to take the Jinba-Ittai philosophy to the next level.
In a nutshell, the GVC (a software instead of hardware) modulates torque output of the SkyActiv engines according to steering inputs. This allows for a more lateral acceleration when turning the wheel as the GVC optimises the power channelled to each wheel.
With the introduction of the GVC and premium touches to the interior, the already upmarket Mazda6 just got better.