Rather than make a big fuss about its business, Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd, the official distributors of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia has quietly introduced its new, facelifted Mazda 6 SkyActiv into local showrooms.
Our friends over at a Mazda 3S Centre in Sg Besi dropped us a note about the car being there, and have shared with us a full price list of the new Mazda 6 model, which will be available in three variants: Mazda 6 2.0L Sedan, Mazda 6 2.5L Sedan and Mazda 6 2.5L Touring.
PERFORMANCE: The new Mazda will continue to be powered by its SkyActiv-G 2.0L and 2.5L engines, which deliver 153hp and 200Nm of torque and 185hp and 250Nm of torque respectively. Power is still sent to the front wheels via a six-speed torque converter automatic SkyActiv-DRIVE transmission.
EXTERIOR STYLING: On the base-level Mazda 6, Bermaz has elected to keep its exterior completely unchanged from before, so good luck trying to tell the pre- and post-facelift SkyActiv-G 2.0L based on exterior appearances alone: same old halogen reflector headlamps, same old foglamp designs, same old bumper, same old taillights, same old 17-inch alloy wheels.
If you fancy the new-look Mazda 6, you’ll have to drop a further RM36k and opt for the top-spec 2.5L model: it’s only here that the M6’s new-design LED headlamps, foglamps, redesigned front bumper and heft of chrome highlights appear. The M6 facelift’s latest 19-inch alloys are also specified as standard, there.
The Mazda 6 Touring 2.5L hasn’t shown itself locally just yet, but we understand that it will soon be ready for viewing, and like its Sedan 2.5L, will feature the new exterior updates.
The gallery below of the 2.5L Mazda 6 is courtesy of Mazda Zoom Zoom
INTERIOR DESIGN: Fortunately, all variants of the new Mazda 6 will benefit from the new interior upgrades seen when the facelift made its global debut at the end of 2014. Particularly, this includes a interior redesign largely to incorporate the new MZD Connect infotainment touchscreen display, and the rotary Commander Control dial – both features were introduced to the new line of Mazda SkyActiv vehicles just after the 6 was introduced, first on the 3, then on the 2.
To add to the sophistication of the new interior, an electronic parking brake has replaced the conventional hand-operated lever, while Mazda engineers have worked hard to reduce the facelift’s noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels by 10% on rough roads, and 25% on highways with extra sound insulation.
SAFETY FEATURES: With no official word from Bermaz, it’s hard to detail every inch of the car, but what we can tell you is that when the facelift made its global debut, two new features were added to the car’s i-ACTIVSENSE suite of safety features. These are Lane-keep Assist System and Driver Attention Alert. For now, at least, we don’t imagine that Mazda’s local distributor will be reducing the safety spec on the M6, but will these two additions be added? Your guess is as good as ours, for now.