If there’s one segment that’s dwindling in the Philippines, it’s the midsize sedan. With crossovers being the be-all-and-end-all form factor for this decade, you could argue that the writing was on the wall for cars like the Mazda 6.
But surprisingly, Mazda Philippines has updated the vehicle for 2023, with a new color option, a new interior trim, and new tech. More importantly, it is now only available as a Sports Wagon for P2.1 million.
If you check the Mazda 6 section on the brand’s website, you’ll notice that all traces of the sedan have been scrubbed clean, which we can verify by looking at a snapshot of the website from December 2022.
This also means that the other two drivetrains—the turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine and the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel mill—are no longer available, leaving the normally aspirated 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G as the only powertrain option. It’s no slouch, as it still has 187hp (190ps) and 252Nm of pull, and also features cylinder deactivation and the i-Eloop regenerative braking system to further improve fuel efficiency.
A new color (Rhodium White Premium) is available for an additional P22,400 on top of the sticker price (no Artisan Red Premium, sadly). It still has the same 19-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlamps, and mesh front grille.
The Nappa leather upholstery within the cabin is now black, and there are Leganu Suede inserts within the seats for extra comfort. The car also gets wireless charging and support for wireless Apple CarPlay (Android Auto is still wired).
It also gains the i-Activsense suite of safety features, adding useful features like Radar Cruise Control, front and rear Smart City Brake Support, and Driver Attention Alert on top of the existing 360° camera, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist.
And that’s where the changes end. The 6 is still a very well-equipped car to begin with, so buyers shouldn’t find anything lacking in the vehicle.
We just wish that Mazda Philippines still gave buyers the option for the other two powertrains, especially with how gutsy the turbocharged mill was in the sedan. But hey, long live the wagon.