Mazda Malaysia has just quietly rolled out the updated Mazda6, and while the visual differences are less than obvious, rest assured that you’re getting what your money’s worth under the skin.

Most of the aesthetic updates remain as per the 2015 Mazda6 facelift. This time however, it gets Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control (GVC), along with some updated interior bits. Like before, the Mazda6 facelift with GVC can be had in four variants – 2.0L sedan, 2.5L sedan and 2.5L wagon while the 2.2L diesel remains in sedan form. Prices have gone up slightly across the board (around RM6.5k) due to the poor forex.


Name Mazda6 SkyActiv-G 2.0L Mazda6 SkyActiv-G 2.5L Mazda6 Touring SkyActiv-G 2.5L Mazda6 SkyActiv-D 2.2L
Engine 1,998cc; DOHC, inline-4 2,488cc; DOHC, inline-4 2,488cc; DOHC, inline-4 2,191cc; DOHC, turbocharged inline-4
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Max Power 153 hp @ 6,000rpm 185 hp @ 5,700 rpm 185 hp @ 5,700 rpm 173 hp @ 4,500 rpm
Max Torque 200 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 250 Nm @ 3,250 rpm 250 Nm @ 3,250 rpm 420 Nm @ 2,000 rpm
Price (OTR with insurance) RM170,407.58 RM206,896.70 RM211,006.94 RM215,264.67

The entry level variant gets halogen projector headlamps with bulb-type DRLs and fog lamps. Anything above that gets full LED headlamps with LED DRLs as well as LED fog lamps. The 2.0L is also the only variant to ride on 17-inch wheels (225/55 profile), versus the 19-inch (225/45) set for the rest.

Inside, the equipment list dittos that of the current Mazda6 on sale. However, new items include the slimmer three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel that was first featured on the CX-9. Also new is an updated instrument cluster with full-coloured LCD display. Models fitted with heads-up display (2.5L petrol and 2.2L diesel) now feature colours instead of the monotonous display of old.

No mechanical changes have been done to the 2.0L and 2.5L SkyActiv-G petrol engines. The former produces 153 hp/200 Nm whereas the latter churns 185 hp/250 Nm. The 2.2L SkyActiv-D on the other hand produces 173 hp and 420 Nm. The six-speed SkyActiv Drive automatic transmission is fitted on all models to channel drive to the front wheels.

Every variant comes equipped with i-STOP auto start/stop function to conserve fuel, but only the base variant misses out on the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. The biggest change as mentioned earlier is the introduction of the GVC. This software distributes optimum power to each wheel depending on steering response, improving vehicle dynamics and ride comfort in the process.

Standard safety equipment include six airbags, ABS with EBD, BA, ESC and emergency stop signal. The 2.5L petrol and 2.2 diesel models gets i-Activsense safety system that gives adaptive LED headlamps, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Keep Assist System, Smart City Brake System, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Every purchase of the Mazda6 facelift with G-Vectoring Control comes with a 3-Year or 60,000km warranty and a 3-Years or 60,000km free service package.


Mazda6 2.5L Sedan Facelift with GVC

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Adrian Chia
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