Mazda will use this year Geneva Motor Show to introduce the facelifted versions of the Mazda6 and CX-5. Both the medium segment model and the crossover receive interior updates, new technologies and some serious amount of safety gizmos.
There are also some important updates under the hood. Here, the 2015 Mazda6 wagon with 2.2 clean diesel is available with Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel drive (AWD) system. Already used on the CX-5, it features the world’s first front-wheel slip warning detection system.
On the other hand, the CX-5 is now extending its engine range with the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 petrol engine in conjunction with i- ELOOP, Mazda’s brake energy regeneration system, and Drive Selection, which enables a choice of drive modes for added responsiveness on demand.
Safety Features
The list of safety systems starts with Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) that extends the existing Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM) system’s range while also adding Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which warns the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing. Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) provides steering torque assistance (among other things) to help prevent unintentional lane changes, thus complementing the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).
A first for Mazda, Driver Attention Alerts (DAA) monitors the driver’s condition and recommends a break if it detects a change in behaviour.
The two premieres for Geneva are also the first Mazda with the company’s new Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH), an autonomous high-beam system with four independently controllable blocks of LEDs per headlamp.
Also a first is replacing the handbrake lever with a switch-activated electric parking brake for a cleaner centre console. Finally, suspension upgrades and advanced sound insulation improve ride comfort while significantly reducing cabin noise.