The new turbo 2.5-liter in the CX-9 produces 250 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque on premium fuel (227 on regular). That should help the Mazda6 be more competitive with the power upgrades offered by rivals. The Camry has an available 301-hp V-6; the Accord offers a new 252-hp turbo four; and the Sonata has a 245-hp turbo four option.
Mazda didn’t clarify what those power figures would look like, but if the outputs remain the same from the CX-9 (227 horsepower and a truly silly 310 lb-ft of torque) then I’d say we’re in good shape. The naturally aspirated engine had 184 hp on tap. Good, but could be better and now is.
The exterior design also gets an update, judging from the teaser image. The most obvious changes include a revised grille and new headlights.
Mazda6 sales have taken a hit this year, with the mid-sizer selling 3012 examples to the end of October. This represents a 17.1 per cent decrease over the 3635 registrations it had during the same period in 2016.