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This Is The Facelifted Mazda 6 Atenza For China

Published on August 5, 2016 by Joey Wang

This Is The Facelifted Mazda 6 Atenza For China

This is the facelifted Mazda 6 Atenza. The car on the photos is the China-made version, which is manufactured by FAW-Mazda. In China it is called the the Mazda Atenza, to differ it from the second and first generation Mazda 6 that are still in production. The facelift includes a new grille, new headlights, new taillights, a new front bumper, and an updated interior.




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Shiny line starts on the front fender, over the headlight, under the grille, and up again. Very nice. The lights are much smaller now with LED mains.

The facelifted Mazda 6 Atenza will hit the Chinese market on October 10. Price will start around 180.000 yuan and ends around 240.000 yuan. Engines are unchanged: 158hp 2.0 and a 192hp 2.5. Mazda still doesn’t do downsizing or turbocharging. These big old engines are very tax-unfriendly in China. One ‘box for both engines: a six speed automatic.

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The interior has improved a lot. Dash, center stack and center tunnel  are completely new. The screen has been moved to dash-top but it isn’t very big. The infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay, WiFi, and… a DVD player. Yes, a DVD player. It also plays CD’s. The tray is located just below the aircon controls.

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The HUD is new too, but it can only display speed.

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The instrument panel is decidedly analogue. Not a single LCD in sight. Mazda is getting behind the competition here.

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Start button on the left side of the screen.

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The new tunnel with a trendy but small knob for the infotainment.

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And there it is: the DVD CD tray! Wow. Nobody, really nobody, is using DVDs or CDs anymore. You can’t even buy them. People got i-things there days, with wireless wires and waves. What are they going to do with a DVD player..? New Chinese cars don’t have them anymore. Mazda is mad. And what did they put in the socket for the cigarette lighter? Looks like glue.

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Profile still pretty.

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The overall shape of the light didn’t change but the layout is new. No other obvious changes.

Bit of a mix this car. Got a HUD and WiFi, but also analogue dials and a DVD player. Engines are too big. Not good. It won’t be long before the booming local Chinese competition takes care of this car.




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  1. Arpad- August 5, 2016 Reply

    Hi
    Have same car in Europe since Aug 2015. With manual, extremely low consumption figures: 6,5 ltrs on 100 kms. Right instrument cluster is LCD however.

  2. Javier B- August 5, 2016 Reply

    There´s not one digital expensive clock right? Lcd clusters look less classy and cheap in some cases.

    Skyactiv engines are fantastic, both in petrol and diesel.

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