Entry-level models feature wide-angle rearview camera, redesigned steering wheel, seatback pockets, and side mirror turn signals
RICHMOND HILL—Mazda Canada Inc. has introduced the 2017 Mazda6. The vehicle marks Mazda’s first application of the all-new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) in North America. GVC is the first in a series of new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the car’s Jinba Ittai—”horse and rider as one”—feel.
GVC benefits drivers with more precise control of their vehicles, said Mazda, which its engineers have designed to help reduce the need for steering corrections. The Mazda6 also sports enhanced sound insulation. Using improved door seals, tighter tolerance between panels, thicker front glass, and sound insulation materials added to the underbody, rear console, headliner, and doors, the aim for Mazda6 was to outclass common midsize-segment cars with its attractive design and establish a unique “Mazda Premium” positioning.
For 2017, entry-level Mazda6 GX models come equipped with a wide-angle rearview camera, redesigned steering wheel, redesigned seatback pockets, and redesigned side mirror turn signals.
Mid-trim GS models gain standard with navigation system, Smart City Brake Support with increased detection distance and expanded detection angle, heated steering wheel, and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) with enhanced range.
2017 Mazda6 GT model enhancements include a new full-colour Active Driving heads-up display, 4.6-inch full-colour TFT multi-information display (MID), and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Lane-Keep Assist has also made its way into the 2017 Mazda6 in the GT Technology Package, joining other safety technologies such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Distance Recognition Support System (DRSS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), and High Beam Control System (HBC), in addition to SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System, and Active air shutters.
The 2017 Mazda6 also receives numerous interior appointments, including Nappa leather seating surfaces with contrast-colour piping, a black headliner, traditional Japanese chidori stitching on the steering wheel similar to what can be found in CX-9 Signature models, and a satin chrome plated finish to switches and trim throughout the interior.
These enhancements join upgrades made to the previous year’s Mazda6, which included a completely redesigned interior, a new front fascia when equipped with full LED headlights in certain models, an LED-backlit “signature wing” grille, seven-inch Mazda Connect touchscreen display with Commander control knob, white LED interior lighting, electronic parking brake, and a Sport Mode drive selection switch in models equipped with automatic transmissions.
In Canada, Mazda6 continues to offer an available manual transmission. All Canadian models are powered by a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine.