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2018 Mazda6 With New Turbo Option to Bow in L.A.

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CARS.COM — Mazda has confirmed that it will unveil a refreshed 2018 Mazda6 sedan at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show that will offer as an option the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that powers Mazda’s CX-9 flagship SUV.

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Set to debut Nov. 29, the Mazda6 is the latest update in a revitalized mid-size sedan competition, despite sales declines versus the more popular SUV class. Among revised rivals are the fully redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry and 2018 Honda Accord, as well as a refreshed 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

The mid-size Mazda6’s base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine also has been updated and will include cylinder deactivation to run on fewer cylinders under light loads for better gas mileage.

The new turbo 2.5-liter in the CX-9 produces 250 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque on premium fuel (227 on regular). That should help the Mazda6 be more competitive with the power upgrades offered by rivals. The Camry has an available 301-hp V-6; the Accord offers a new 252-hp turbo four; and the Sonata has a 245-hp turbo four option.

The new Mazda6 gets some styling tweaks and an upgraded interior that Mazda says aim for a “mature elegance” in the sedan. Teaser photos show a redone and more upscale looking new grille, front bumper and headlight design.

Mazda has been making its mark with new, more premium interior designs and materials that play above their mainstream price range, and the interior teaser shows a cleaner, more horizontal dashboard design with padding and stitching, and Japanese Sen wood trim. The tablet-style upright screen and knob controller for the media system appear to carry over.

The sedan’s i-ActivSense suite of safety technology also is upgraded and now will offer adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability. It also will offer a 360-degree camera display.

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