Interior is a marked improvement for sure. Never liked the 'motorbike' style binnacle the previous design had. The 3 pod binnacle is a much better design.
Its probably a form of cost cutting, which I'm totally fine with given the other high quality touches they are spending money on. Ain't cheap to create those tight panel tolerances and shapes. That said I like the more minimalist home menu.The 2019 infotainment seems like a step back. The screen is bigger but the touchscreen is disabled. Is this the new direction of Mazda? Also the bezels seem thicker.
I agree. I've owned my 6 for a month and I am already not using the touch screen at all. Bonus: nice not having fingerprints on the screen to clean up.Its probably a form of cost cutting, which I'm totally fine with given the other high quality touches they are spending money on. Ain't cheap to create those tight panel tolerances and shapes. That said I like the more minimalist home menu.
On a related note, with the surprise addition of the 3's AWD, it seems to me that AWD on the next 6 is all but guaranteed. If Mazda was to offer a wagon version in the US (maybe with turbo, and very hopefully with a manual) with AWD, the Outback and Sportwagen/Alltrack may as well start packing their bags! A wagon would swipe sales from Audi and Volvo's wagons based on looks alone.
One can dream...
I think "years" is a bit of an overstatement. I trust it will be out later in the year. Probably September. My guess is that Mazda is testing the hell out of this engine. Think about it. Coming out with a new gas design like this is a big gamble. Especially when competitors are focused on electrification. If Skyactiv X isnt "perfect" it will kill Mazda's long-term goal of continuing to make gas power a viable and economical option. This small comapny is betting a lot on Skyactiv X, so totally understandable that they will take as much time as they need to make sure it isn't a dud. IMODisappointed the Skyactiv-X engine isn't available - I thought the general assumption was that it would be the base engine (or even the only engine) at introduction. They're not even making any promises: "Later in the 3's run, a new Skyactiv-X inline-four with Mazda's compression-ignition-capable tech will join the lineup promising significantly improved fuel economy." That could be years from now.