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With the Mazda 6 only having been unveiled in late 2012, this bit of news surprises us – it appears Mazda’s D-segment sedan will be getting a facelift soon.

Blurry photos of what appears to be a sales handbook detailing the Mazda 6’s mid-life facelift has popped up on a French automotive forum. The handbook says Atenza instead of 6, so the origin could be JDM, since that is what the 6 is called in the Japanese market. China also uses the name Atenza instead of Mazda 6.

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On the front, the gloss black bar on the front grille that connects the headlamps to the Mazda badge has been removed. The grille itself appears to have thicker chrome surrounds.

The headlamps have been revised to sport a more prominent daytime running light bar that curves around a single projector, very much like the design on the new Mazda 2. There’s also additional chrome around the fog lamp surrounds, which are now smaller. The alloy wheel design looks new too.

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The changes to the interior are more drastic – it appears that the entire dashboard has been revised to a completely new look, with the option of two-tone leather interiors much like the Mazda 2.

The new Mazda 6 now gets the company’s new MZD Connect infotainment system with a freestanding display, much like on the Mazda 2, 3 and MX-5. Other than the new gear shifter design, there’s also a new electric parking brake which saves space in the centre console – this should allow for more storage space.


Pre-facelift Mazda 6