Mazda 6 Grand Touring – OverviewWe saw the first generation of the Mazda 6 in 2002, and the sedan was highly popular among consumers, selling faster than all previous Mazda models. How times have changed, however. This third generation Mazda 6 is going to be last one as we know it, and rumours say the mid-sized sedan will return with an inline six-cylinder and rear-wheel drive.
Known as the Mazda Atenza in Japan and China, the Mazda 6 is available in two body styles: sedan and wagon. Both have been offered since the first generation, and this 5-door wagon body style is commonly known as the Touring. In some markets, like North America, Touring and Grand Touring are simply trim levels on the Mazda 6 sedan, since the wagon is no longer on sale there.
However, in most other markets, the Mazda 6 Touring and Grand Touring denotes the wagon body style, and not just trim levels. This body style is also called the Tourer in some markets. This wajon style has always been less well-received than its sedan counterpart and so is no longer offered in many markets – a major one being North America, and it is not on sale in Malaysia either.
The latest and third generation Mazda 6 was launched in 2012, with a major mid-cycle refresh in 2018. The most current version in Malaysia is a model year update for 2021 that sees two CBU sedan variants from Japan, each with a 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre engine respectively. The wagon, or Touring and Grand Touring versions, are not available anymore since this model year update.