HCCI Technology for the 2018 Mazda 6?

Mazda brought us the Mazda 6 in 2002, and it was popular!

It sold 1 million units faster than all the other Mazda’s ever made and has gone on to become one of Mazda’s best-selling models, thanks to its modern design and class-leading interiors. 2018 won’t see many changes, certainly for the exterior, but does it need them?

Mazda has seen their fair share of troubles over the years, but for an automaker that has been going for nearly a century, you’d expect a few upsets along the way, however, they seem set for glory with the 2018 Mazda 6.

Mazda are working hard on engine development for the 2018 Mazda 6

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1. Engine development
2. Not much is going to change
3. Classy Interiors
4. Same Pricing?

 Perhaps best known for the MX-5 or Roadster, Mazda has also spent a great deal of time and money on developing the Rotary (Wankel) engine; no another manufacturer has consistently pursued any other ‘alternative’ power unit (until the advent of Hybrid tech) quite like Mazda has done with the Rotary engine.

And for 2018, Mazda are working on the HCCI engine – Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition. It’s almost like a cross between a regular gasoline engine and a diesel – using high-compression to ignite the charge.

It’s said to be around 30 percent more efficient on gas, with a reduction in the bad stuff coming from the exhaust – clever engineering from Mazda again. However, we won’t see the HCCI engine introduced in to any of the Mazda line-up until the very end of 2018 – so it won’t be in this model year.

We think that new Mazda 6 2018 model year will get an updated 2.5-liter SkyActive gas engine, and given that the current generation model feels a little under powered, we think that it may be 2018 Mazda 6 turbo version appear, giving approximately 300 BHP. This could be also the first 2018 Mazda 6 AWD version since the extreme MPS modification.

The standard power-unit knocks out the same 184 horsepower and 185 pounds of torque, which definitely feels a little old now, but the positive to that is the Mazda 6 should see around 35 MPG on the highway.

There is a talk of a diesel Hybrid, but as yet, nothing has been confirmed and there seems to be little information (even from unofficial sources) regarding the use of a Hybrid.

Transmissions are both 6-speeds, but available as a manual and automatic.

Not much is going to change for the 2018 Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 last had an update back in 2012, the current generation ‘6’ is reasonably popular and even now, still looks quite modern and conforms with all the necessary legislation, so is Mazda planning anything big for the next generation?

As we’ve already said, the current generation Mazda 6 still looks quite fresh and modern, it complies with all the relevant legislation and this means that Mazda has a tough choice; evolution or revolution?

From what we’ve heard, we think that Mazda will be a little more conservative with the design, tending to implement minor changes or restyling rather than completely changing the 2018 Mazda 6 model.

Expect to see restyled headlights (which of course will be LED) and slightly redesigned bumpers, both front and rear, perhaps a slightly modified grille and the rest will be similar to what is already in production.

Industry sources say that the 2018 Mazda 6 may not even get an updated front-end.

The factory have released teaser pictures, but they seem to be renderings rather than the finalized vehicle, so there still isn’t much to go on.

The sedan version will be produced for all markets and keep its traditional proportions. It's the most popular body type in the US, so it could be the only option to buy.

Current station wagon models are unavailable for the North American market, just like many other wagons from different brands. This body type is popular mostly in Europe, but also available in Asia and Australia. We expect that estate version of Mazda 6 2018 model year will be released year or so after the sedan. It will be unavailable for the US customers just like before.

There are lots of rumors about coupe modification of mid-size Mazda fluctuating for around 2-3 years. However, there are still no spy shots or any renderings for 2-door Mazda. We suppose that by 'coupe' car producer might mean coupe-like sedan, like Mercedes CLS. Mazda has already revealed such car in a form of concept vehicle, you could see it in our pictures.

Classy Interiors

The one place that the Mazda 6 will be different is the interior, and the current Mazda 6 is already a lovely place to be on the inside. Room for five occupants and still not being cramped, even the rear leg-room is class-leading.

However, Mazda will upgrade the technical specs of the car; increased sound insulation, an updated G-vectoring control unit, higher quality upholstery and lighter weight materials for the body. It will, of course, get an equipment update as well, with things such as USB, Bluetooth.

2018 Mazda 6 safety will likely to be increased due to implementation of collision warning, emergency braking and traffic sign recognition.

We also know that there will be options for an updated infotainment system, heated seats and even a Head’s Up Display, but these are all going to be extras, maybe even only available on the higher trim levels.

The materials used in the cabin all feel high quality and expensive – no cheap and cheerful plastics here thankfully.

Same Pricing?

Prices aren’t expected to change that much from the current structure, this means that we expect to see the Mazda 6 2018 version to start at around $23,000 for the base model, we don’t know how much the fully-loaded flagship version will cost, but again, pricing will be similar to what’s already out there – including the competition.

Information regarding the next-gen Mazda 6 is pretty scarce, certainly, the official lines are quiet, but we think the new 2018 6 will be available toward the end of 2017, perhaps early 2018.

Having said that, Mazda are now beginning to release snippets of information in readiness for a launch, so this means it should be imminent, at least details of the launch if not the launch itself.

The main rivals for the car are Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, KIA Optima.

2016-09-16 by Luke Widmeyer