LOS ANGELES -- Mazda, looking to inject new life into lagging sales of the Mazda6 and keep pace with strong redesigned rivals from Toyota and Honda, has again freshened its midsize sedan, adding a new trim level, optional turbocharged engine and design updates throughout.
Mazda revealed the 2018 Mazda6 sedan Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Citing strong demand for a pair of high-end trim lines on the CX-9 crossover (they are more than 55 percent of sales), Mazda is adding a top-level Signature trim to the Mazda6. Not only is this in keeping with Mazda's long-standing effort to move the brand upscale, but a top-end trim level such as the Signature also means higher profit margins for the brand and dealers alike.
The new trim package adds unique Nappa leather trim, suede and wood accents and most crucially the 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's currently standard on the CX-9. In the Mazda6, it will make 250 hp (on 93-octane fuel) and 310 pound-feet of torque and features cylinder deactivation. It will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.