• Mar 3, 2010
2010 Mazda6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

As expected, Mazda rolled out a (very) slightly freshened version of its midsize Mazda6 sedan this week at the Geneva Motor Show. Of course, we pointed our camera lenses in its general direction to snap off this series of live images for your viewing pleasure. Remember that this car is known as the Atenza in its home market of Japan.

Note the reworked fascia that includes a more sharply defined five-point grille opening flanked by larger air intakes that include small round fog lights. Out back, the taillight housings are slightly reshaped. Besides those external changes, there are a couple new wheel choices and piano black trim inside that matches similar finishes in Mazda's other offerings. See all the updates for yourself in our high-res image gallery below.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Even though my parents have a 2009 Mazda 6 (USDM) and we all really like it, I still wish this version made the journey across the ocean, along with the hatchback and wagon versions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks good, but i hope the trend for "clear" taillights with led's aren't taking over taillight designs. (prius, insight, impreza, etc.) at least paint the suckers red.
        • 4 Years Ago
        im with level.... i do enjoy this new look, but it must be right, with form and fashion. not like some out there where it looks like they just tacked on a bunch of leds to fill up the housing
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks good, but I am confused, I thought Mazda's corporate grill included the huge goofy cartoon smile like on the 3?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally a "restyled" Mazda that I can look at without scratching my head and asking myself WT.....?

      Mazda, please start applying this "toned-down" styling theme to all the other models you've screwed up over the past couple of years (notably the 3 and more recently the 5).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would like this car so much more if they smoothed out the front fender sweeping arch into the hood curve, or they blended it into the belt line into a seemly fluid line as it curved back up towards the rear. As it it, it looks disconnected, two curvy over the front wheel and that doesn't connect to the belt line and the belt line is almost completely straight as it angles upwards. Just looks odd.

        Although this Euro version is 100x better than the bloated 6 the states got stuck with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But I hate the rear window wiper.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well unless you buy stock in rain-x, you're gonna need it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the looks of the Mazda 6, this one & North America's. The reason I don't own one is because of their 4 cylinder powertrain, not smooth at all. It's the only reason I'm driving an Accord right now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, at least the smiley ugly treatment that happened to the 3 didn't mess with this car. Hurray for Mazda, now lets get back on it and redo the 3!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please Mazda, bring back the 5 door 6!! Especially this one right here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Atenza looks Exactly what the new Mazda 3 should have been. Put this next to a 2009 mazda 3 and the inspiration, from the lights to the smiley-less 3 point grille and strong character line (which the new 3 is sadly lacking over the old), is blatantly obvious. Even the rear end exhaust and bumper share similarities. It's almost like Mazda wanted to keep the overall look of the original 3 by putting it on the new 6... Which isn't all bad since last gen Mazda 3 buyers are getting older.

      I wonder what will win in the design studio in the end; Over done Happy Face or Classic Aerodynamic Style? I suppose only Sales shall know.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally Mazda has tamed the permagrin and made it much more palatable. The front looks a bit like an Accord but it looks good. 2 bad things: the taillights need to be de-chromed...they look so tacky. And it looks like angled spokes are coming back on wheels. If you look at cars from the early 90's with wheels w/ angled spokes, they look terrible. I hope this trend doesn't stick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it love it love it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        ya i don't think it has that tail normally.... i also noticed this model has a rear window wiper, probably because of the coupe like back.

        i think they could have used some better engineering or something tho because all of the 4-door coupes i can think of do not have a rear window wiper.... looks silly IMO
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's the Japanese, Euro, Australian look of the vehicle that the Mazda NA passed on in order to make the car larger. The front and rear end treatment of this version looks better than the NA spec by miles... but I like the integrated exhaust system of the NA version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rats! So we American brethren aren't getting this exactly? :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably should have added that the Japanese/Australian front end has always looked like that on the sport version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Btw did the Mazda6 always have that fastback coupe-like tail? Is that new cuz I like it a lot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't "air intakes" actually intake air?
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