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The great news just keep on coming, as we’ve also been informed that the facelifted Mazda 6 will be headed for our shores very soon – as early as March or April this year, in fact!

Like the current car, the refreshed version of the slinky D-segment beauty is slated to arrive in Malaysia first in fully-assembled form, all the way from Japan. The often-reported locally-assembled model, also facelifted, is apparently still on the cards, reaching showrooms later this year.

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Unveiled at Los Angeles last year, the new 6 gets a new front fascia, featuring revised LED projector headlights with Mazda 2-like daytime running lights, a more pronounced chrome wing, horizontal slats in the grille and new fog light surrounds with chrome accents. The rear end has also been updated with new LED tail lights.

There are bigger changes inside, with a completely redesigned dashboard, a new instrument cluster, a cleaner switchgear layout, a freestanding touchscreen hooked up to an MZD Connect infotainment system, an electronic parking brake as well as a new off-white colour scheme option.

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A Drive Selection switch has been added to the six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission – including a more responsive Sport mode – and noise levels at cruising speeds have dropped by as much as 25%. The 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G direct-injected petrol four-pots remain unchanged.

Safety-wise, the i-ActivSense feature list has been expanded to include adaptive headlights, Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) on top of the existing Lane Departure Warning system, and Driver Alert. The existing Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Pre-crash Throttle Control (PTC) now include rear obstacle and vehicle detection, while Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) has been updated with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).