2018 Mazda6 extensively teased ahead of LA Auto Show introduction image

The Japanese automaker has decided to eschew the regular teaser – which usually depicts a useless piece of metal or a larger image that is darker than Darth Vader’s helmet.

Instead they opted to effectively preview the all-new generation of the Mazda6 sedan, revealing in two still pictures the front design and most of the cabin, and there’s no trace of the mind-bending camouflage in sight. While the third generation was introduced back in 2012 over the hills and far away at the Moscow Auto Show, this time around the Japanese automaker is acknowledging the importance of the US market, presenting the successor during the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. We’re also talking about the series-produced model, not a concept, and Mazda has also made promises to deliver it “thoroughly re-engineered.”

Unfortunately, judging by the first official exterior picture, Mazda seems to have slipped down the evolutionist pathway – taken by so many automakers before it – with just about the same front-end design as on the current generation. It’s going to feature slight visual updates in the same vein as the CX-5 facelift. The same goes for the interior – slight redesign with a small infotainment screen and new HVAC controls. Mazda does promise new technology, such as the Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) system, a new generation 360-degree camera system. In terms of powertrains, North America will receive two versions of the same 2.5-liter gasoline engine – one naturally aspirated with direct injection technology and cylinder deactivation, and another with turbo.

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