2016 Mazda 6 Inherits Mazda 3 Infotainment System


The 2016 Mazda 6 will be getting some significant upgrades. Mazda had announced that much, but not we see the extent of it
Based on what we see here, in pictures of a sales handbook for a refreshed 

Atenza (the home-market version of the ‘6’), the refresh will bring a revised instrument panel design and an improved, standalone infotainment-screen setup that appears much like what’s offered in the Mazda 3—or, perhaps, even better
And that will be a welcome change. Infotainment systems are, increasingly, seen as a sort of make-of-break item for new-car shoppers, and the current Mazda 6 has been a step behind the rest, with an in-dash 5.8-inch touch-screen display and something located in the center console called the Commander Switch
While the layout and the fundamentals of the system, in design, are sound, we’ve found this system to be laggy and oddly coordinated. Move up to the system in the Mazda 3, which seems to use a newer interface, and it’s all a lot smoother.
Separately, it appears that Mazda will include some minor changes to the 6's front end, with a little more brightwork around the lower bodywork and bridging to the swept-back headlamps
Over several drives of the current 2014 and 2015 Mazda 6, we’ve found a charming sedan with a surprisingly frugal side. With an athletic driving experience and voluptuous exterior (which we’re glad they’re not significantly changing, it appears), the Mazda 6 stands out as sporty and confident.
Other global automakers tend to have multiple layouts and configurations of each model, depending on the market, but we anticipate here that what we see will be what we also get for North America—and Europe
You won’t have to wait long before getting a better view of these changes, either. A revamped U.S.-market Mazda 6 is expected to make its debut, alongside the all-new CX-3 and updated CX-5 crossovers, at the L.A. Auto Show later this month

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