2017 Mazda 6 Wagon

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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