The Japanese-based manufacturer Mazda is rumored to be introducing the 2020 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan for the United States in the near future. However, the biggest news is the new diesel powertrain which will not only be available in the CX-5 crossover lineup but also in the Mazda 6 sedan. As we know that the third-generation Mazda6 has made its official debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and sold as a 2014 model year on the North American market. It has a sharp design line than the previous generation model, thanks to the new Mazda Kodo design language. The third-gen 2014 Mazda 6 is available in two powertrain options which include SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine with 184 HP, and SKYACTIV-D engine.
This four-door sedan continues to get some design changes and minor revisions marked by the launch of the 2018 Mazda 6. A striking change is seen on its new grille design and LED headlights. Today, the Mazda 6 still survives with the same design language as we can find on the 2018 model year. Moving into the cabin, Mazda provides some minor refresh on its interior, including a dashboard with a new design, new seats and climate control interface. So we hope that the 2020 Mazda 6 sedan will look different from the previous model, especially in terms of exterior and interior design.
Under the hood, the 2020 Mazda 6 sedan will most likely be powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox capable of producing 168 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic is standard, while the six-speed manual transmission will be available only as optional. If this report is true, this means that the new Mazda 6 will share the same engine platform with the Mazda CX-5. Given that the 2.2-liter diesel unit has been offered on the current CX-5 crossover, and is claimed to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 27 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined.
Mazda is also expected to continue to offer a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 187 HP in the new Mazda 6. Like the current model, buyers can also get a more powerful powertrain option with a 2.5-liter turbocharged which is able to cranks out 250 horsepower. All powertrain above is available with a standard six-speed automatic gearbox.
The current Mazda 6 has a more rigid body construction and is equipped with several standard safety equipment, including a blind-spot monitoring system, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. In addition, the highest trim level offers a surround-view camera as an additional safety feature. This makes 2018 Mazda 6 included in the IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Release date and price are still unknown, but we can expect the 2020 Mazda 6 to reach U.S. showrooms sometime later this year with prices starting at around $25,000 for the base model and $36,500 for the highest trim levels, including destination charges. This means that there will be a slightly price increase from the current model (the current model MSRP is $24,720 – $36,020), considering the new Mazda 6 will likely get a number of improvements and revisions, possible redesign, as well as a new diesel powertrain. The 2020 Mazda 6 is still set to compete with some of its closest competitors in the mid-size sedan market like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry. The official pricing details and release date are expected to be announced soon.
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