Mazda's mid-size Mazda6 sedan has won widespread critical acclaim since its introduction here in 2013 as a 2014 model.
Among many other tributes it was the winner of the AJAC (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada) Canadian Car of the Year award and it was a top-three finalist for the World Car Design of the Year.
But Mazda is not resting on its laurels. It's giving the Mazda6 a major refresh for 2016 that is said to combine greater sophistication and value with enhanced exterior design, functionality, ride comfort, quietness, and safety.
The most noticeable change on the refreshed Mazda6, which made its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, is up front where there's a new, more three-dimensional grille and redesigned headlamps, with an illuminated 'wing' connecting the two together. On top-of-the-line GT trim models the headlamps are LEDs.
Inside, Mazda6 still features a driver-oriented cockpit design, but the instrument panel and floor console have been recontoured and the seven-inch centre display is now freestanding atop of the IP. In addition, much attention has been paid to minimizing gaps between parts and unifying the overall appearance.
It also adopts Mazda’s own connectivity system, Mazda Connect, as an option and, for the first time in a Mazda, an electronic parking brake. Two USB ports are standard on all trim levels as are heated rear seats – a first for the Canadian market.
Mazda says the seat structures have also evolved to enhance ride comfort and interior noise levels have been reduced by from 10-to-25%, depending on road surface.
The Mazda6's 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G direct-injection gasoline engine and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are carried over unchanged, as is its novel i-Eloop brake energy regeneration system (available on GT trim models).
In total, small but significant changes that promise to make an already good car better.