NEXT STAGE: Redesign in 2022
The third-generation sedan was freshened in 2018 and is due for a redesign, but Mazda may have a bigger plan. With sales for the front-wheel-drive midsize cratering and the automaker eager to move upmarket, the next update may move it to rear-wheel drive with a new inline six-cylinder engine to replace its current four-cylinder. The Vision concept from 2017 may provide some styling cues. Mazda has confirmed a new platform and new engine, but not the vehicles that will use them. The redesigned sedan could come in 2022. For the 2021 model year, the sedan will see a Carbon Edition with gray paint and red leather seats.
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