The Mazda doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves I feel. Maybe it’s just the sedan “slump” the market is currently in, but the 6 is spectacular, however there is another 4 door car I feel doesn’t get enough praise and that’s the Subaru Legacy. Yes the design is conservative and rather boring but it also offers a quality build and a good value with AWD as an added bonus. I owned a 2016 and had several minor issues with it that the dealer didn’t really work with me on, so customer service was a let down. They will now be offering a 2.4 Turbo on the Legacy. My question would be if Mazda offered AWD on the 6 how many of you would spring for it? What do you think the sales percentage would be for an AWD 6?
I would consider it with the 2.5 Turbo. AWD would allow the 6 to better put down the massive amount of low end peak torque especially on turns. I wouldn't need AWD for weather purposes where I live.
One of Nissan's missed opportunities was not putting AWD with the VC Turbo. However, I think this is because they don't want encroach too much into the Maxima and Infiniti Q50. Mazda doesn't have to worry about this, so I would expect it on the full redesign. Mazda seems to be waiting to see how Skyactiv-X goes on the new Mazda 3, since they decided to extensively refresh the 6 instead of an all-new model. I love my 2018 6, but I would've liked the new infotainment software and screen from the new 3. It's not like I could've waited, because my old car was totaled and needed a new one ASAP. On the plus side, I don't have to worry about reliability from an all-new model year.
I see the AWD take-rate being very high on the Signature trim, as then it could really take on the luxury entries.