The Mazda6 always had better handling in the D-segment arena, in our humblest opinion. And it became better when Mazda decided to make it better by slipping in a tech called G-Vectoring Control, or GVC. For 2019, Mazda has upgraded the GVC in the Mazda6 to a GVC Plus.
If you don’t know, GVC is a system that automatically adjusts the engine’s torque when there’s a change in steering angle. The adjustments made are very minute, barely unnoticeable, but you’ll have better control of the sedan when sweeping through corners. The load on each wheel is also optimised to the car moves smoothly around the bend, which improves passenger comfort.
GVC Plus improves on the system by lightly tapping the brakes on the outer wheel as the Mazda6 exits the corner. This light braking force improves stability at the door and restores the car’s balance for straight-line acceleration. And it works even when you’re changing lanes quickly on slippery roads. To be more technical, GVC Plus irons out the transition between yaw, roll and pitch to make you feel like a ‘driving saint’.
The other ‘upgrade’ is just a formalisation of what hackers have been doing for years — having Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of the infotainment system. Finally, you can now listen to Trevor Noah’s podcast behind the wheel.
The Mazda6 remains a Japanese import and is available in three engine configurations; 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre for the petrol and 2.2-litre for the diesel. Price starts from RM173,659.00 for the 2.0L, RM211,148.00 for the 2.5L and RM219,851.00 for the 2.2L. The Mazda 6 is also available in wagon-style but only with the 2.5L and it is going for RM215,148.00.
You can take a look at the new 2019 Mazda6 at the Bangsar Shopping Centre from now until the 15 September 2019. If you've been holding back to get a new Mazda6, can these new features push you to sign the dotted line?