Mazda Philippines is making its 2.5L turbocharged gasoline engine available in the Mazda6 sedan. The brand is also debuting is facelifted sports wagon with a naturally aspirated 2.5L motor. The distributor of Mazda in the country, Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc. (BAP), held a launch event to debut its midsize sedan and wagon to supplement the diesel variant on offer.
While the diesel is already out and getting rave reviews, Mazda seeks to make it a double whammy with the introduction of two gasoline variants. The question of whether a wagon was going to be introduced to market was debatable, but all that can be put to rest because we are getting the handsome look that we have come to love in the sedan, mated to an uncommon and underrated body style.
It is as expected with the front, the chain mail grille of Mazda is in full display. It’s seated in the middle of two LED headlights, that are powerful enough for the designers to forego the need for fog lights. Moving over to the side and we receive that all too familiar profile, save for the wagon and its extended roofline. Roof rails are included on the wagon to accomodate all types of roof racks and cargo cases.
The rear on the wagon is like the model that preceded it. Two tail lights, conjoined by a chrome strip, in a signature Mazda shape. The bumper is also flanked by dual-exit exhaust tips with a chromed garnish adorning the both ends.
The centerpiece of the event is undoubtedly the engine inside the sedan. The Mazda6 is still offered in a 2.2L diesel variant, but with this introduction the 2.5L turbocharged gasoline motor pushing out 250hp and 420 Nm of torque, consumers now have a choice between diesel torque down low or gasoline horsepower up high. The sports wagon comes with a 2.5L naturally aspirated mill produces 184hp and 251 Nm of torque, still sizeable figures.
The interior is what we have come to love from the nameplate. All the classy touches and technologies carry over to the new models, but the key difference is the updated Mazda Connect system that now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The same brown nappa leather interior can still be found in the wagon and sedan.
Pricing for the new Mazda6 will start at P2,250,000 for the turbocharged gasoline variant of the sedan, and P1,995,000 for the naturally aspirated gasoline variant of the sports wagon. Mazda is still offering the sedan with a diesel engine for the same price as the 2.5L turbo. So it will be up to consumers to decide what kind of powertrain they would like to run. Dealers are expected to get their orders at around the middle to the end of July 2019.
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