Currently, there's only one new turbocharged Mazda you can buy in the US, the CX-9 SUV, but soon there'll be a second. Mazda announced today that the refreshed Mazda 6 sedan will get the CX-9's turbocharged 2.5-liter engine as an option, making it a perfect rival for the new 2.0-liter turbo Honda Accord. Additionally, the 2018 Mazda 6 (pictured in the above teaser) will make its debut later this month at the LA Auto Show.
In the CX-9, this turbocharged four-cylinder offers 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 rpm when filled with 93-octane fuel. Mazda hasn't confirmed specs for the 2018 6 sedan, but it made no indication that power and torque will be different than that of the CX-9. The 6 will also get a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder that features new cylinder-deactivation tech for fuel savings.
Mazda says it's working to move the 6 more upmarket in feel, with new design inside and out. There's also a new adaptive cruise control system that can bring the car to a complete halt, and start again if the car in front moves forward. The 2018 6 teased has an automatic transmission, but Mazda offers a manual for the outgoing model, so hopefully it makes an appearance on the new one.
The outgoing Mazda 6 was a surprisingly fun car in a segment where most everything else is dull. We'll be happy if the new 6 continues where the old one left off.