2015 Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 facelift unveiled

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Mazda today revealed updated versions of the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Set to go on sale in Japan and North America in early 2015, the new models feature a more refined expression of Mazda’s KODO design language, enhanced dynamic performance for a higher-quality and more comfortable ride, MZD Connect car connectivity system, and Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies.

For the new Mazda6, exterior changes include a new front grille and signature wing design, flanked by new LED headlamps. There are also restyled rear combination lamps and new design 19-inch aluminium wheels draped in high-gloss paint.

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Inside, updates to the instrument panel and floor console give the interior a fresh new look. It fuses a driver-oriented cockpit design, based on Mazda’s unique Heads-up Cockpit concept, with a roomy front seat passenger environment.

In addition, thorough attention was paid to minimising gaps between parts and achieving an overall unified appearance, significantly enhancing the feeling of quality as befits the flagship
model in the Mazda product lineup.

The updated Mazda6 continues to offer the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G direct-injection petrol engines, as well as the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine. Also carried over are the
six-speed automatic SKYACTIV-DRIVE and six-speed manual SKYACTIV-MT transmissions.

Mazda has made improvement to the 6’s NVH level. The company claims the amount of noise transmitted into the cabin is reduced by approximately 10 per cent when driving on rough roads and by approximately 25 per cent on highways.

The Mazda6 powered by a petrol engine and paired with SKYACTIV-DRIVE adopts Drive Selection, which allows drivers to switch drive modes for a more responsive driving experience. Diesel powered Mazda6 is now available with the new-generation AWD system.

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Like its sedan cousin, the new Mazda CX-5 retains its distinctive SUV looks, but gains updates to the front grille, headlamps, tail lights and wheel designs.

For the interior, particular effort went into improving the quality feel of the ornamentation and materials used, and also to improving the functionality and usability of the cockpit zone, based on Mazda’s unique Human-Machine Interface (HMI).

Enhancements to dynamic performance include updates to the front and rear seats and suspension system, as well as to sound insulation performance throughout the body. The result is greater ride comfort and cabin quietness, claimed Mazda.

Mazda has also tweaked the CX-5’s AWD system for better traction and improved real-world fuel economy.

Both the 2015 Mazda6 and CX-5 become the first Mazda models to adopt new-generation Adaptive LED Headlights, offering the driver enhanced hazard-recognition support at night.

The updated Mazda6 and CX-5 are on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show together with All-New Mazda CX-3 compact crossover SUV and All-New Mazda MX-5, the automaker’s iconic two-seater open-top sports car.

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