Facelifted 2018 Mazda 6 Tourer to debut in Geneva

New Mazda 6 Tourer — Picture courtesy of Mazda
New Mazda 6 Tourer — Picture courtesy of Mazda

TOKYO, Feb 7 — Mazda's main event at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next month is going to be the unveiling of a facelifted Mazda 6 Tourer estate model, which will reveal some subtle changes to the exterior and some more substantial enhancements to the interior.

The sedan version was unveiled last year in Los Angeles, and the exterior changes to the estate obviously follow in a similar vein.

That therefore means the Tourer will get a slightly refreshed exterior design, with the highlights being a new mesh grille and chrome detailing around the car's stylish new LED headlights as the most obvious changes.

It's the interior of the new Mazda 6 Tourer where the more substantial enhancements are most in evidence. The dashboard has had a complete redesign that now delivers a simpler, more straightforward look with plenty of plain surfaces, which sit alongside some new switchgear, new seats and some new technology.

New Mazda 6 Tourer interior — Picture courtesy of Mazda
New Mazda 6 Tourer interior — Picture courtesy of Mazda

The refreshed model is also brought considerably more up to date with a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and the option to upgrade to a seven-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster.

Just as with the Mazda 6 sedan, details of the powertrains are still being kept under wraps by the manufacturer. It's widely expected that the 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engines will remain in models for the European markets, although they will be updated versions as Mazda has already promised enhanced levels of efficiency and performance.

What won't be obvious to the naked eye about the refreshed Mazda 6 Tourer are some tweaks to the chassis, and the altering of the suspension setup in an attempt to add extra comfort and agility to the Mazda. The Japanese automaker's new i-ACTIVSENSE safety and assistance technology will also be present in the new model, which includes the likes of a 360-degree top-down camera as the headline feature.

Also worth checking out on the Mazda stand at the Geneva event (March 8-18) will be two stunning concepts that have already been seen at previous recent motor shows, the Vision Coupe and the SKYACTIV-X powered preview model of the upcoming next-generation Mazda 3. — AFP-Relaxnews

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