Mazda's New Carbon Editions Are Blackout Models You Can't Get In Black

Mazda's New Carbon Editions Are Blackout Models You Can't Get In Black

Virtually every automaker has embraced the blackout trend, but Mazda is going in a slightly different direction as they've announced three new Carbon Editions.

Based on the 2021 Mazda6, CX-5 and CX-9, the models have a "bold color scheme that helps represent individuality" while also exuding "strength and passion."

That’s stretching things a bit, but the vehicles have a Polymetal Gray exterior with black accents. The company didn’t go into specifics, but confirmed the models will have gloss black mirror caps and alloy wheels with a black metallic finish.

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The special editions have a modestly revised interior with red leather seats, red stitching and black honeycomb trim. They’ll also come nicely equipped with heated front seats, a Bose audio system and Android Auto / Apple CarPlay compatibility. Mazda also said we can expect an assortment of i-Activsense safety features such as adaptive cruise control with stop and go, smart brake support and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Additional information will be announced closer to launch, but the 2021 Mazda6 Carbon Edition will presumably be equipped with either a naturally aspired or turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. The entry-level unit produces 187 hp (139 kW / 190 PS) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque, while the turbocharged variant develops up to 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm).

The current CX-5 is offered with both engines, while the CX-9 is powered exclusively by the turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder.