The facelifted Mazda 6 has arrived in Malaysia as a preview, ahead of its official market entrance for the country. Pricing has yet to be announced by official distributor Bermaz, though the fully-imported (CBU) model can be expected to be in the RM200k ballpark, with the outgoing 2017 model being pegged north of RM215,000 in 2.2 litre diesel sedan guise.

Hiroshima’s refreshed D-segment offering will be available in four variants, comprising a 162 hp/213 Nm 2.0 litre petrol sedan, a 192 hp/258 Nm 2.5 litre petrol in sedan and Touring (station wagon) guises as well as a 188 hp/450 Nm 2.2 litre diesel sedan. Absent here from the latest roster of Mazda 6 variants is the 250 hp/420 Nm 2.5 litre turbocharged petrol. As for transmission, a six-speed automatic is found across the board.

Changes at the front include a grille surround that now flows beneath the headlamps rather than above them as seen previously. Elsewhere, new LED daytime running lights feature revised graphics, while the front bumper now includes the slim ‘whiskers’ from the CX-5, and a new 19-inch wheel design is also featured, with 225/45R19 tyres. The base 2.0 litre gets 17-inchers shod in 225/55R17 tyres.

All variants get self-leveling, automatic LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, while tail lamps are LED across the board. As for rear foglamps, LEDs feature on the sedans, while the Touring wagon gets bulbed units. Instrumentation-wise, the 2.0 litre comes with a standard 4.6-inch TFT LCD screen in its instrument cluster, the rest of the range adding on a colour screen and a heads-up display.

Infotainment-wise, the MZD Connect system with voice command support is accessed via an eight-inch full colour touchscreen and multi-function Commander Control switchgear. The base 2.0 litre sedan gets a six-speaker audio system, while the rest get a 11-speaker Bose audio setup.

Standard kit includes a leather steering wheel, G-Vectoring Control and a reverse camera. Moving up from the 2.0 litre, the cars get paddle shifters and a 360-degree view monitor setup. All petrol models come with a Sports mode selector switch.

The entire 2018 Mazda 6 range gets six airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchor points, ABS, stability control, EBD and brake assist, traction control, emergency stop signal, hill launch assist and auto hold. The base 2.0 litre sedan omits a speed-sensing auto door lock and walk-away lock function found on the other three models.

Also standard on the 2.5 litre petrols and 2.2 litre diesel are adaptive LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, driver attention alert and Smart City Brake Support.

Pricing of the facelifted Mazda 6 – which comes with a five-year/100,000 km warranty as well as a three-year/60,000 km free maintenance package – has yet to be confirmed.