Mazda Philippines is gearing up for the official launch of two models that are set to hit the roads soon. Set to make their public debut at this year's Philippine International Motor Show are the 2019 Mazda6 and MX-5.
Starting with the Mazda6, the 2019 refresh sees the sedan take on a sharper look. Taking inspiration from the Vision Coupe Concept, the Mazda6 gets a new front grill along with sleeker LED headlights and light signatures. The taillights have been redesigned as well for a more sophisticated finish. Finally, a new set of alloy wheels have also been installed on the Mazda6.
Inside, the sedan now has a simpler, more minimalist dashboard design than before. Apart from the steering wheel and certain trim pieces, Mazda said that almost everything is brand new inside the updated sedan. A new automatic climate control system, more comfortable front seats and a bigger 8-inch infotainment display are just one of the new additions in the 2019 Mazda6. Other key upgrades introduced include a 360-degree view monitor, 7-inch multi-info and gauge display and air-conditioned seats for the driver and front passenger.
Under the hood, the 2019 Mazda6 is available with two engine choices, a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel SkyActiv-D and a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G. Both engines have been upgraded and now produce more power while also being more fuel efficient.
Beginning with the 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D, Mazda claims it now has an improved two-stage turbocharger system with variable turbine geometry. From having 175 PS and 420 Nm of torque, the upgraded turbo-diesel now puts out 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque. As for the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G, the Mazda introduced a new piston shape along with enhanced fuel injection. With those changes, the engine now produces 190 PS (+3) and 252 Nm (+2) of torque.
The gasoline-powered engine also benefits from cylinder deactivation which improves fuel economy by 20% at a constant 40 km/h, and by 5% at a constant 80 km/h. Both engines are still married to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual select.
Apart from the Mazda6, the automaker gave a sneak peek of the 2019 MX-5 as well. It gets a new appearance pack called the 'Club Edition'. With it, the roadster gets 17-inch BBS alloy wheels, as well as Recaro sport seats. There's also a new exhaust system which gives the engine a throatier sound.
As always, the MX-5 is powered by a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G inline-four with direct injection. However, the engine now produces more horsepower and has a higher 7500 rpm redline than before. This was made possible after Mazda increased the opening angle of the valve lift, installed a bigger diameter exhaust manifold, tweaked the intake ports and added higher pressure fuel injectors.
Thanks to these upgrades, the inline-four now puts out 184 PS (+24) at 7000 rpm and 205 Nm (+5) of torque at 4000 rpm. Transmission choices still consist of a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic.
More details of the 2019 Mazda6 and MX-5 will be revealed at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show this coming October 24 – 28 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.