Mazda is very popular with giving importance to its car clubs. It, in fact, hold corporate-backed car club meets three to four times a year.
Last Thursday night, Mazda again celebrated its customers in a night out held at The Island Bar (formerly known as the Palace Pool Club in BGC, Taguig.
Scores of Mazda owners packed the place to share stories of adventures and experiences with their beloved Mazdas, be it a Mazda 2 or 3 or 6, their SUV CX-3, CX-5 or CX-7s, or that special Mazda MX-5, more popularly called a Miata.
But Mazda took advantage of this gathering to publicly introduce its two new products, the new Mazda 6 and the new MX-5. These models have been introduced way ahead of the coming Philippine International Motor Show of CAMPI, but Mazda Philippines chief Steven Tan thought it would be a nice touch to introduce the new models for a tease.
The new and improved Mazda 6 has the 2.2-liter SkyActiv diesel that gets an improved turbocharger, producing 187hp and 450Nm of torque compared to 173hp and 420Nm of the previous model. Meanwhile, the 2.5-liter SkyActiv gasoline is now capable of 187hp and 252Nm compared to 184hp and 250Nm in the outgoing version.
Outside, a new grille has been installed up-front with an updated 19inch wheel designs and adjusted chrome trim below the headlights. The new sedan also comes with adaptive LED headlights.
Mazda Philippines says this model boasts of an improved NVH levels, thanks to thicker floor panels and wheel housings and less gaps between the body panels and interior, resulting in a significant reduction in tire noise. The interior also gets a nicer trim courtesy of premium materials like nappa leather, satin chrome, and wood. The update also endows the 6 with ventilated seats, a larger 8in Mazda Connect infotainment screen, a 7-inch LCD gauge display and a frameless rearview mirror.
The MX-5, meanwhile, gets some interesting changes. First, tilt-and-telescopic steering now comes standard across the range. All the automatic variants also now come with a reversing camera. A new top-of-the-line automatic RF and a Club Edition that sports BBS wheels and Recaro racing seats are new and available now. This “middle age crisis” favorite, is powered by an engine that has a torque improvement of 5Nm, up to 205Nm, and power output at 181hp, over the previous 158hp.