MAZDA Philippines has finally made the Mazda6 Sports Wagon available in the country with the official launch held last June 30. The local motoring scene went abuzz with the introduction of the Sports Wagon when it was unveiled at the Manila International Auto Show back in April.
Mazda’s Sports Wagon oozes not only with beauty and sophistication but with the latest technologies as well. Outside, the Mazda 6 Sports Wagon’s design evolved with a new grill and wing-shaped light signature for a brawnier, more chiseled look. Its prominent fenders and low rear-leaning coupé-style cabin gives the car a very solid stance and completes its uniquely beautiful body lines. Full LED lighting complements the Mazda 6’s sharper-looking front, while the sides are accentuated by the darkened high-luster coating of the 19-inch aluminum wheels.
The Sports Wagon looks exactly the same as the sedan variant. Visually, however, the only difference could be seen from its side as the roofline of the wagon extends to the very back and the wing-shaped LED light built in to the fascia. However, the specification sheet show that the Sports Wagon is in fact shorter than the sedan, as it has a wheelbase of 2,750 millimeters as compared to the sedan’s 2,830 mm (making the wagon’s turning radius much smaller). The Sports Wagon is taller at 1,480 mm versus the 1,450 mm of the sedan. It is also a tad shorter at 4,800mm as compared to the sedan’s 4,865 mm.
Inside, the Mazda 6 has a larger instrument panel and center console using high-quality materials that reflect its sophistication. Door handles and gearshift knobs have been provided with high-end polished aluminum inserts coupled with soft materials. Black leather interior is standard but an all-white option is also available.
Powering both the sedan and Sports Wagon variants is the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine which has a maximum power output of 188 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. But even as the Sports Wagon variant is 47 kilograms heavier (obviously because it has more metal parts) than the sedan version, the effect on the power-to-weight ratio remains manageable.
The Skyactive-G engine has an unusually high compression rating of 13:1, providing the extraordinary power and low to mid-range torque for a 2.5-liter engine. A 4-2-1 exhaust system utilizing an extended manifold structure was installed to reduce the amount of residual exhaust gases in the combustion chamber.
Multi-hole injectors with six nozzles enhance fuel spray for more efficient combustion and improved cooling while helping prevent knocking. With this technology, the engine runs smoother as a result of less vibration and at the same time provides excellent fuel economy in real-world driving situations.
All Mazda 6 engines feature lighter components and reduced internal friction, improving its performance. For added efficiency, all engine-transmission combinations come standard with the i-stop idle-stop system.
Mazda claims a fuel consumption of 6.3 liters for every 100 kilometers traveled with the Skyactiv G engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The assortment of advanced active safety technology the Mazda 6 has includes: the Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) system that takes over the functions of High Beam Control (HBC), further improving night-time visibility by e.g. only shutting off those high-beam blocks that could impair the vision of an oncoming motorist; the Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) evolved from the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), alerting the driver of unintended lane changes at 65 kilometers per hour and above, also providing steering torque assistance to return the car safely to its intended lane; the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) that rapidly blinks the hazard lights during heavy braking to warn ensuing motorists; and the Hill Launch Assist (HLA) that controls brake pressure to help prevent the vehicle from rolling during hill starts.
Its connectivity and functionality equipment includes: the heads-up cockpit display; a 7-inch touchscreen positioned on top of the dash for better visibility and enhanced safety; a rotary commander on the center console, even easier to use and access with an electric parking brake; MZD Connect, Mazda’s in-car smartphone connectivity; Mazda’s vehicle applications like fuel economy monitor, maintenance reminders and warning guidance; a camera-based view monitor including park distance control; seats that offer better hold and ride comfort with an enhanced structure and new vibration-absorbing materials with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 6-way power adjustable front passenger seat; segment-leading rear legroom and knee clearance; easy-to-use features of the wagon’s lightweight tonneau cover and special levers in the boot to remotely fold down the 60:40 split rear seats; and top-class boot with capacity of 480 liters (sedan) and 522 liters (wagon) or 1,664 liters (wagon with the rear seats folded).
lent features, Mazda has placed their buyers in a dilemma. The Mazda 6 sedan is priced at P1.785 million while the Sports Wagon is offered at P1.795 million. The problem now is, which one to get?