After giving a sneak peak at the 2015 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), the exclusive distributor of Mazda, Berjaya Auto Philippines officially unveiled the upgraded Mazda 6 Sedan and the new Mazda 6 Sports Wagon.
The exterior upgrade includes a newly designed grille and a signature wing combined with sharper front and rear LED headlamps, giving it a more macho feel.
The interior features a redesigned center console with a new electric parking brake to give a clean and roomy feel in the cabin. Also new is the 7inch touchscreen infotainment system with MZD Connect. It can display an array of features such as a camerabased parking assist system, fuel economy monitor, maintenance reminders, and warning guidance. The ergonomic cockpit that was designed with minimal eye movement in mind has a familiar feature from the Mazda 3, the Active Driving Display, can now be found in the Mazda 6.
But what really caught our eye is the i-ACTIVSENSE that was not available in the previous Mazda 6. This is a bunch of technological advancements designed by Mazda's engineers to dramatically improve road safety of the '6'.
One of its features is the Lanekeep Assist System (LAS) to help drivers stay in their lane especially during long drives. The LAS alerts the driver when an unintentional lane change happens above 65 km/h, steering the car safely back to its intended lane. Another key feature of the Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE is the Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH). It manages the headlight level and turns the LEDs on or off automatically to provide maximum road visibility without blinding oncoming traffic.
Both variants are powered by the same 2.5L SKYACTIV-G direct injection engine mated to a SKYACTIV-Drive 6speed automatic transmission with Sport mode. It can produce up to 187 hp and 290 Nm of torque. The Mazda 6 is also an economical car with its i-stop idle-stop system that turns off the engine while stationary to save fuel.
Meanwhile, the new Sports Wagon can carry as much as 522 liters worth of cargo for those out-of-town family trips. It also features 60:40 split folding rear seats for additional storage. It’s priced at P1,795,000 and available in all 5 colors Snow White Pearl, Sonic Silver, Blue Reflex, Jet Black, and for an additional P16,800 you can get Mazda’s exclusive signature Soul Red.
The Mazda 6 Sedan, on the other hand, is a mere P20,000 more than the previous model at P1,785,000. Colors offered are Snow White Pearl and Sonic Silver. Like the Sports Wagon, you can also have the ‘6’ in Soul Red for an additional P16,800.