A few weeks ago we reported about the slightly revised Mazda6 that was shown at the Geneva Motor Show and made the assumption that it would be coming to North America. At the New York Auto Show, Mazda has made it official: the facelifted Mazda6, slightly modified from the European version, will be available at dealers in the summer. We'll cover all the changes at the link.

2006 Mazda6

Added to the car?s air inlets in the front skirt is a new upper grille design now markedly recessed, giving the lower section a deeper lip for a distinctive, three-dimensional appearance.  The lower grill design is modified and the former diamond grille mesh has been replaced by an elongated honeycomb.  The front bumper also has been redesigned and sees the fog lights now installed in the lower bumper. New optional 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels are available.

New taillight bezels get a horizontal line has been added between the reflectors, while the wrap-around taillights have black bezels matching the headlights.

2006 Mazda6

Three new exterior colors join the MAZDA6 palette ? Dark Cherry for the MAZDA6 Sports Sedan and Sport Wagon, Bright Island Blue for the MAZDA6 5-Door and Tungsten Gray for the entire lineup.

2006 Mazda6

Door panels have been completely redesigned and the quality of interior materials has been improved. Trim has been colored dark titanium.

On the four-cylinder models a five-speed automatic replaces the four-speed. The suspension has been revised with modified front and rear bushings to deliver more torsional rigidity.

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