Looking at the 2017 Mazda 6 Wagon, you might be tempted to think that the model is identical to the outgoing version. However, a closer look will reveal the few changes Mazda has incorporated in the new wagon. In addition to the visual exterior upgrades, the model has also received new upgrades in its cabin as well as the latest technologies in the market.
In fact, Mazda seems to have considered client views about areas they wanted improved on the outgoing model. In this regard, the automaker has taken the KODO design language to a completely new level making the wagon look more stylish. Read along to find out more:
2017 Mazda 6 Wagon Exterior
Like the sedan, the wagon features a new chrome grille with 3D effects. The model also features a new wing at the bottom of the grille. The wing stretches way into the inner edges of the headlights. Still at the front, LED headlights have replaced bi-xenon HID headlights, which were on the outgoing models. The headlights also integrate new LED fog lights.
The rear look is very stylish far from your regular hatchback look. In fact, the Mazda 6 Wagon looks more like those “shooting brakes” made by Mercedes. Its exterior character actually starts just over the driver’s head, which is the highest point of the roof. From hence, the roof flows downwards to meet a trunk that is angled at 45 degrees. While not practical for a wagon, the design makes the Mazda 6 Wagon a pretty thing to look at. The sporty design is finished off with dual exhaust tips.
The 2017 Mazda 6 Wagon rides on 19-inch dark chrome wheels, which enhance its sporty stance.
2017 Mazda 6 Wagon Interior
In the cabin, Mazda has livened up things. To start with, the model comes with a driver-focused cabin. In addition, Mazda seems to have considered views from buyers to upgrade the wagon’s air conditioning controls and add a new infotainment system. The dashboard and the edges of the transmission channel are wrapped in leather with a bold contrast stitching along with a soft-foam padding underneath.
For extra convenience, the front seats feature electric adjustment and two memory settings for the driver. Mazda has used quality materials to trim the cabin including using premium leather upholstery on the top trims. The model also features heated seats but the Hyundai beats it by adding cooled seats. The wagon offers a cargo space of 522 liters, which though not the best in the segment, it is not that bad.
Tech-wise, Mazda has hooked up the wagon with a push-button start so you do not have to struggle pushing and turning in the ignition key. The model also features the Mazda Active Driving Display similar to the one on the Mazda 3. However, the wagon’s MZD Connect system is a bit of a disappointment. While the system is a great improvement from the one on the outgoing model, it does not fit the billing. Other features include a 7.0-inch LCD touch-screen, which looks similar to those on BMW models while the screen’s controller, on the other hand looks Audi-like.
Safety is well taken care of as the model features the i-ACTIVESENSE safety technologies which include traffic sign recognition, Advanced Smart CityBrake Support system, blind spot monitoring and parking assist among others.
Engine Specs and performance
Unlike the sedan, which is powered by an array of drive-trains though only one is available in the US, the wagon is motivated by a single mill in all markets. It is the 3.0 L, DOHC V-6. It is good for, 220-hp.
The engine powers the wagon to 60 mph from standstill in 7.2 seconds, slightly sluggish than its sedan sister. It has an electronically limited top speed of 120 mph. Its peak horsepower is available from 5,000 rpm while peak torque is available at 6,300 rpm. The engine is paired either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or with a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
Price and release date
The 2017 Mazda 6 Wagon will be available at Mazda dealerships starting this fall. The wagon has an MSRP of $22,745. More features are available for extra cash. The extra features include a $770 Sport package, which adds side-sill extensions, a lift-gate spoiler, glinting exhaust outlets, fog lights and a body-color grille.
Spending $1,540 more gets you the Luxury package, which features 8-way power adjusted driver’s seat, heated leather front seats and electroluminescent dials. The Bose audio package attracts $635 more and the sunroof a further $700. The Bose audio sound system features a 6-CD changer and an enhanced speaker array.