L.A. Auto Show: 2016 Mazda6 image

The Japanese automaker has introduced during the 2014 edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show the mildly refreshed 2016 model year Mazda6.

The mid-size model has been treated to some tweaks and upgrades to better compete with rivals in the furious battlefield of the US auto market. Since the model was already one of the best-looking options in the segment, the exterior cosmetic changes are subtle and include a restyled front radiator grille, coupled with revised front and back lights. There’s also a new “shark” antenna an updated paint range and 19-inch alloy wheels available with a two-tone design.

While outside changes were few and not so news worthy, the refreshed cabin is a pleasant surprise – with the Japanese engineers and designers coming up with a significant upgrade. There’s a new dashboard and a freestanding seven-inch display, coupled with the introduction of the Mazda Connect, the company’s new car connectivity system. Also new is an Electrical Parking Brake (EPB).

For the North American model, Mazda offers under the hood the option of a single engine – equipped with all the latest advances coming from the SKYACTIV range of technologies. The 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol powerhouse provides the car with 184 bhp (137 kW) and 185 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque and is mated to a six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission that unleashes power towards the front axle.