Mazda has added a sportier variant to the 6 large car line up for 2021 dubbed the GT SP, which replaces the GT and will sit beneath the current range-topping Atenza.
As with the rest of the 2021 Mazda 6 range, the GT SP variant will be offered in both sedan and wagon body styles, though powered exclusively by a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine from $46,690 (before on-road costs).
The price of the Mazda 6 has climbed in price by between $100 and $200 compared to 2020, depending on the variant.
For 2021, the GT SP builds on the old GT’s specification with black 19-inch alloy wheels and a burgundy leather-appointed interior while retaining front and rear seating and adaptive headlights for an extra $1,100.
The Mazda 6 is still one of the best looking passenger cars available, and the option of a practical wagon body style keeps fans coming back.
Other than new turbo badging for the GT SP and Atenza grades, the Mazda 6 range remains mostly unchanged for 2021 save for the option of Polymetal Grey Metallic Duco.
While sales of all large cars including the Mazda 6, Kia Stinger and Skoda Superb continued to fall in 2020, Mazda Australia still sees value in keeping the 6 in the range as the brand’s flagship passenger car.
Managing director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, explained that as Mazda’s “passenger car flagship, Mazda 6 holds strong appeal in its segment with its advanced specification and option of sedan and wagon body styles”.
The updated 6 range starts with the Sport for $34,590 (up by $100) that nets an eight-inch touchscreen, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless go, cloth upholstery and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Active safety is respectable with lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear AEB and rear parking sensors standard for a range-wide five-star ANCAP rating.
The Mazda 6 Touring builds on the ambience with black leather-appointed power-adjustable seats with memory function, front parking sensors and LED daytime running lights for $38,890 before on-road costs.
Both lower grades are powered by a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder Skyactiv engine, also found in the Mazda 3 small car. Outputs are 140kW and 252Nm, sent through a six-speed torque converter to the front wheels.
Replacing the GT is the new GT SP variant, which shares its 170kW/420Nm 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with the range-topping Atenza. Those outputs are sent to the front wheels via a six-speed torque converter automatic.
For $50,090 the Atenza benefits from front seat ventilation, heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, suede cloth and wood interior highlights, semi-digital instrument cluster, sunroof, 360-degree monitor and your choice of walnut brown or pure white Nappa leather upholstery.
Opting for the practical wagon body adds $1,300 to the price of any variant. The updated Mazda 6 range – including the new GT SP – will go on sale in March 2021.
All prices are before on-road costs.
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