Summer has been and gone and the grey autumnal skies are already closing in with the ruthless punctuality of a stony-faced parking warden. However, it’s not all bad news for us petrol-heads as September invariably heralds the arrival of a snowstorm of news, new releases and updates in motoring land.
Getting their autumn revamp in nice and early, the boys and girls at Mazda have wasted no time in showcasing a number of handy upgrades to their flagship saloon, the Mazda6.
You’ll find refinements aplenty across the whole range, with both the saloon and the tourer models getting the upgrade treatment. Top of the billing is a heavily revised and more finely honed version of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control handling system. Integrated into the engine, transmission and chassis, GVC essentially sharpens steering precision by dishing out the requisite amount of torque to each wheel and shifting a fraction more weight onto the front axle when cornering at speed.
Besides the refinements in the handling department, expect a couple of key improvements to the Mazda6’s best-selling diesel engine, the 173bhp 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D. Firstly, the new Transient Control system cuts turbo lag significantly and helps deliver a torqueier throttle response. Meanwhile, cutting-edge sound-busting technology puts paid to any bothersome road racket through the use of sound deadening panels on the underbody, rear console, headliner and doors whilst also cleverly supressing unwelcome knocking from the diesel engine when pulling away or accelerating at low speed.
Beyond the range-topping diesel unit, it’s as you were as far as the rest of the powertrain line-up is concerned, with the refreshed Mazda6 retaining its pair of 2.0-litre petrol engines including the more potent 168bhp variant.
A new metallic grey body shade now brings the options on the Mazda6 colour palette up to eight. Inside you’ll find the high spec Sport Nav edition kitted out with a heated leather steering wheel, an enhanced colour HUD with traffic sign recognition plus a set of electrically adjustable memory seats as standard.
Despite the number of new toys on offer, you won’t be asked to pay a premium for the pleasure of using them. Pricing across the whole Mazda6 range is set to remain unchanged with the first updated models arriving in UK dealerships later this autumn.