Mazda is celebrating 20 years of the Mazda6 with a subtle special edition, exclusive to the Japanese and Australian markets. Though the third generation has been around for a while, it’s still one of the best price-for-value midsize sedans out there.
The 20th Anniversary edition is mostly the same in both markets, with the only difference being the powertrain. Both markets have newer versions of the engines, which make slightly more power going into the new year. The Japanese market packs it with the 2.2-liter inline 4 turbodiesel, pushing 200 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, while the Australians’ turbocharged 2.5-liter inline 4 makes 235 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Not a big jump, but you know what they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The six-speed auto does get refinements, allowing faster shift times and better pedal response. You could still choose between the standard front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.
Enough Additions to Set It Apart
Starting with the exterior, the 19-inch wheels and the grille is painted in a shade of glossy silver, and gets plaques on the fender that denote its not just any regular 6. Available in both sedan and station wagon form, color options are limited between Artisan Red and Rhodium White. Stepping inside, you’ll find tan-colored Nappa leather seats, trims, door cards, and the stitching, with Leganu synthetic suede in the middle of the dash. The front seats have embossed ‘20th Anniversary’ logos on the headrest, but other than that, it’s all the same. The Japanese market comes with a moonroof as standard.
Only the Japanese pricing has been revealed, and converting them from JPY comes to $32,400 for the FWD, and $34,200 for the AWD.
2023 updates include Apple CarPlay in the dated infotainment system, more color options, a wireless charging pad, and a ‘Sports Appearance’ package that blacks out the wheels, bumper garnish, roof rails, and mirrors. It’s undeniable that the Attenza is showing its age, though we are unsure of how much time it has until it gets discontinued. This actually doubles as the third generation’s 10th anniversary, being launched in 2012. It’s a good show of how timeless Mazda’s models can be, or perhaps there just isn’t any reason to replace it; yet.
p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Mazda)