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Facelifted Mazda6 Model Unveiled in Japan

2010 Mazda Atenza previews 2011 Mazda6 redesign

 |  Jan 26 2010, 10:32 AM

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Mazda has just released photos and details of the 2010 Mazda6 model (known as the Atenza in Japan), which has undergone a mid-cycle refresh. As a part of the update is the usual facelift, with the 6 now featuring a front-end design more in keeping with the Mazda3 – although not nearly as smiley. Out back, there’s also a new rear bumper, taillights and exhaust pipes. Inside, the Atenza now gets a monotone interior.

As for engines, the 2010 Atenza gets a new direct-injection 2.0-liter to replace the old 2.0-liter, significantly increasing fuel economy and making models equipped with this engine eligible for tax breaks in Japan. Both a 1.8-liter and 2.5-liter are also offered, although the 1.8 won’t be available in Japan.

The Atenza will continue to be offered as a sedan, 5-door hatchback and wagon. New features include adaptive lighting, hill start assist, as well as modified steering and suspension setups to help deliver an even more responsive and dynamic ride.

Already on sale in Japan, we expect Mazda to show the facelifted 6 at the Geneva Auto Show in March, with sales in Europe commencing thereafter and the North American version coming in the Fall.

Click here for AutoGuide’s live 2010 Geneva Auto Show coverage starting Monday, March 1st.

GALLERY: 2010 Mazda Atenza, 2011 Mazda6

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