Local Mazda distributor Bermaz has quietly introduced the 2017 Mazda 6 in Malaysia – the mildly-revamped D-segment sedan has been given new equipment and technologies at higher prices than before.

How much higher? Prices have been increased by RM6,558 across the board, so the 2.0 litre petrol sedan model is now priced at RM170,407, the 2.5 litre petrol sedan at RM206,896, the 2.5 litre petrol Touring wagon at RM211,006 and the 2.2 litre diesel sedan at RM215,264. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance, a three-year warranty and three years’ free service.

As the 6 was already given a facelift a couple of years ago, the update brings little to the table visually aside from redesigned wing mirror-mounted LED indicators and a new Machine Grey Metallic paint option – the latter was first introduced on the new CX-9 SUV. Inside, the 2017 model is differentiated via a new, thinner three-spoke steering wheel, also from the CX-9.

Also revised is the Active Driving Display on the 2.5 petrol and 2.2 diesel models – the head-up display is now full-colour and has increased brightness, contrast and definition for improved legibility, while the angle, brightness and content settings for each driver can now be saved in the driver’s seat memory.

The multi-information display in the instrument cluster has also been upgraded to a full-colour screen and includes added functionality such as a redesigned water temperature gauge and a graphic compass. Other more subtle revisions include a new overhead console with LED downlights.

Standard equipment on the base 2.0 litre model includes halogen headlights and fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, auto lights and wipers, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone auto climate control, MZD Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, six speakers and a reverse camera.

The 2.5 litre petrol models receive LED headlights and fog lights, 19-inch gunmetal alloys, keyless entry, a glass sunroof, paddle shifters, the aforementioned head-up display, i-ELOOP capacitor brake energy recuperation system and an 11-speaker Bose sound system. The diesel model gets the same kit, minus the i-ELOOP system.

Safety-wise, all models get six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors. The 2.5 petrol and 2.2 diesel models also receive new adaptive LED headlights, as well as i-ActivSense driver assists, including Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning (LDWS) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA).

Under the skin, the throttle response has been made more linear on models equipped with the six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission, thanks to more refined torque rise characteristics. The updated 6 also sees the introduction of the new G-Vectoring Control system which modulates engine torque to optimise vertical load on each wheel, improving steering response and stability.

The 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine, on the other hand, receives refinements such as High-Precision DE Boost Control to sharpen throttle response, as well as a Natural Sound Smoother piston pin damper and more finely-controlled fuel injection timing (Natural Sound Frequency Control) to reduce knock and engine vibration, improving refinement.

Apart from that, the engines have remained unchanged. The 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol four-pot makes 153 hp at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, while the 2.5 litre variant delivers 185 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 Nm at 3,250 rpm. Meanwhile, the twin-turbo diesel mill churns out 173 hp at 4,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. A six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic gearbox is standard-fit.

It should be noted that the Malaysian website still lists pricing for the older models, so these are likely still on sale for now as a cheaper alternative (they retail at the same prices as before). Browse full specifications and equipment of all Mazda 6 models on sale in Malaysia on CarBase.my. You can now get best offers on the Mazda 6 on CarBase.my too.