By Ulysses Ang
THE MAZDA6 has earned its reputation as the enthusiast’s choice in the executive car segment. Today, it has cemented that by not only offering a choice between two body styles — a sedan and a wagon, but a choice between a torquey diesel and for the first time ever, a powerful turbocharged gasoline engine. Regardless of option, it now fully realizes its potential as a true driving masterpiece that only Mazda could achieve.
Joining the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D variant, the 2019 Mazda6 sedan is now available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine. With Dynamic Pressure Turbo technology, it produces 231 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque using regular unleaded fuel. Mated to a 6-speed automatic powering the front wheels, it drops the Mazda6’s 0-100 km/h to 7.6 seconds — 0.2 seconds faster than its diesel-powered sibling.
Available only as the top-trim Signature variant, the 2019 Mazda6 Skyactiv-Turbo continues Mazda’s penchant for providing a finely crafted interior. The seats are finished in Deep Chestnut-colored Nappa leather seats, ventilated to raise the comfort of both the driver and front passenger while Ultrasuede accents and real Japanese Sen Wood trim give it an atmosphere of elegance and style. The Mazda Connect infotainment system now integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.
Like the Mazda6 Skyctiv-D, the Mazda6 Skyactiv-Turbo features a 360-degree camera, Lane Keep Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring for Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It also has an updated steering system and revised chassis dynamics for enhanced handling while added sound insulating material and a redesigned suspension configuration contribute to a quieter and smoother ride.
Joining the Mazda6 sedan lineup is the updated Mazda6 Sports Wagon. Receiving the Evolved Kodo Design, this long roof variant features similar exterior and interior appointments as the sedan.
The bolder face and revised 19-inch alloy wheel design are complemented by the standard Nappa leather seats with front ventilation, an 8-way electric driver’s seat with memory, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electronic parking brake, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Mazda Connect integration, 360-degree camera, Adaptive LED headlights, Lane Keep Assist, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The 2019 Mazda6 Sport Wagon is available with a single powertrain: the updated 2.5-liter normally-aspirated Skyactiv-G engine making 190 horsepower and 252 Nm of torque. Tweaked for added smoothness and quietness, it also comes fitted with cylinder activation technology for added fuel efficiency.
The 2019 Mazda6 range is now available at all Mazda dealerships nationwide with the following prices: Mazda6 Sports Wagon Signature — P1,995,000; 2019 Mazda6 Skyactiv-D Signature — P2,250,000; and 2019 Mazda6 Skyactiv-Turbo Signature — P2,250,000.