Mazda has facelifted the Atenza (also known as the 6 sedan) for the Japanese domestic market. I am happy to say that the automaker has decided to drop the smiley face treatment on the sedan. It looks more grown up now. Updates on the outside include new fog lamp inserts on the front along with a different front grille. Mazda has also updated the taillights. Designs on both 17 and 18-inch wheels have been updated as well.
The 25EX and 25Z equipment levels come with new bi-xenon headlights while the 25S, 20S and 25C versions have pre-facelift headlamps but modified with additional chrome plating. On the inside, there is black piano trim that is evident on the center panel, shift gate and steering wheel spokes. The 2.0 liter powerplant in the 6 has been updated and has direct injection. Power is rated at 153 PS at 6,200 revs and 189Nm of torque at 4,500 revs. It will premier internationally at the Geneva Motor Show in March.