By on August 3, 2012

Mazda recently began production of the upcoming Mazda6 mid-size car, and a promotional photograph, seen above, reveals the look of the station wagon variant.

The wagon, a production model, is said to be a European-spec car, according to Automotive News. A 2.0L Skyactiv 4-cylinder is under the hood, but a diesel engine is also rumored to be joining the lineup. Of course, Mazda didn’t reveal the front and rear fascias of the car, but the profile is a decent indication of what we can look forward to.

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47 Comments on “2014 Mazda6 Wagon Revealed...”


  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Beautiful car that North America will never see.

    Ikuo Maeda, you have sculpted beauty.

  • avatar
    stars9texashockey

    Americans would buy 1000’s of these if they could get them with the diesel engine and manual transmission.
    Signed,
    Sarcasm dripping from the keyboard

    • 0 avatar
      kvndoom

      Jetta Sportswagon says hi.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      I’d be all over this if it rode in creamy fashion AND did the one thing that HARDLY ANY CARMAKER is doing anymore: Suppress the f**king road, wind and tires noise!!!!

      Now even cars and carmakers previously known for providing decent levels of serenity are almost making IT A POINT to let as much road, wind and tire noise into their vehicle cabins!

      Enough!

      • 0 avatar
        rentonben

        >>Suppress the f**king road, wind and tires noise!!!!

        There’s a new Buick in my driveway for this very reason.

      • 0 avatar
        jhefner

        Just put four new tires on my 1995 Taurus wagon, and drove 60 miles to work with no music and radio; the quiet and transformation of it’s handling was that awesome. Just an ocassional creak from our aging bodies, and an occasional buzz from the roof rack in the stiff crosswind. The ultimate highway cruise machine.

      • 0 avatar
        SuperACG

        And this proves why old people drive Buicks.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I’m no that old. I’m not 37 yet.

        I’m just over rough riding vehicles with loud interiors and all of that.

        I’ve had two Pony cars and three Rice Rockets.

        Give me shelter.

        Serenity now.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Tires can work wonders. It’s amazing how much better my car rides on 17″ snow tires in the winter than 18″ low profile summer rubber.

        A big disappointment for me was test driving the B7 Passat. Although I swore off VWs after my experience with a 2006 2.0T Passat, the massive rear seat of the B7 and the ability to configure it with the iconic VW 2.5 liter with a stick, where the 2.5 liter actually sounds decent and gets fair fuel economy, was appealing to me, as was the softer suspension (the roads around here suck). Being able to pick one up for around 21k was also appealing (VW is getting aggressive on pricing- 23k can land you a SE if you haggle hard).

        However, the road noise was simply unacceptable. It was a deal breaker, actually. Some people on the Vortex forums claim its the Hankooks, but many people have swapped tires and its yielded them no relief from the intolerable road noise.

        VW would be wise to add some more (or some, period) sound insulation to the damn car.

      • 0 avatar
        shaker

        If you live in western PA (or a place like it) where perfectly good roads are routinely “oiled and chipped” in the summer, road noise will always be a problem – the surface is much rougher than regular asphalt or even worn concrete. And it’s a hazard to motorcycles and windshields for a few weeks because the loose chips have to be either thrown off the road or mashed in by traffic – in effect the cars “finish the job”.
        They say that they’re saving money by doing this, but to me it’s a sign of our decaying infrastructure that this has become the norm around here.

      • 0 avatar
        Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

        Yep, can’t wait for the low rolling resistance tires on my Volt to wear out, so’s I can get a nice quiet set of Michelins. Given the lack of engine noise, the thrum of tire noise dominates.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        shaker – “oiled & chipped”. I have to laugh at the technical term PA used for what’s obviously (as you state) a clear half-ass measure.

        Here in southeastern Michigan, they call it hot patching. It’s routine to be cruising down the highway in the spring, after winter heaving has done its damage, and come up on a signal truck that’s slowly following another truck filled with hot, loose asphalt, with two guys shoveling it into the really bad holes and pits and moving on.

        They let traffic do the compacting, which means many asphalt strewn showers and a terrible patch job that lasts for 3 to 7 months.

      • 0 avatar
        gmrn

        Catching up on old reading, hence my being so tardy to this thread.

        DeadWeight, as a PA resident, we too have the “hot patching” you speak of.

        Sadly, I say with much embarrassment that we also have the sofa king messy “oil and chip” that shaker mentioned.

        During “oil and chip” they close a long section of the road, bring a tanker truck filled with hot oil/tar and then spray the surface. Then loose gravel is tossed/dumped on the road. The road is re-opened and the taxpayers cars get to do the compressing of the “chips” into the “oil”. Lots of undercarriage noise if this is fresh.

  • avatar
    missinginvlissingen

    Obligatory “please bring to US” comment.

    Also, I’ll mention that last time Mazda offered a Mazda6 wagon in the US, it was V6 only. No 4cyl option at all.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see Mazda not only bring this to the US, but also market it aggressively with a series of ads showing happy wagon drivers zipping past leaning SUVs on twisty roads after loading up their vehicles with identical cargo? Think hard, advertising people, and I bet you can come up with some appealing ways to sell wagons. Especially good-looking, sporty, high fuel economy wagons like this Mazda.

    • 0 avatar
      jmymlr

      It’d make for an entertaining commercial, but it would never fly. It would just be cannibalizing their own CX-5/CX-7 sales, which probably sell at higher volumes and margins.

      • 0 avatar
        30-mile fetch

        True. Americans have to get used to this fact: our midsize station wagons are the CRV, RAV4, Escape, CX-5, etc. It’s what we’ll buy, and some of them handle much more like a car than the truck-based Grand Cherokees, Explorers, and 4Runners that were so popular in the 90s & early 2000s.

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        Why would an American buy the 6 wagon instead of the CX-5 when they cost them about the same, get about the same efficiency, and the CX-5 has more space, is easier to get in and out of, and offers a higher view?

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        @redav,

        Because the 6er wagon will be infinitely nicer to drive. There is no repealing the laws of physics. In order to handle as well, a taller, heavier vehicle HAS to ride worse. And wagon WILL be more fuel efficient, it is slipperier, has less frontal area, and is inevitably lighter.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I have a theory that CUVs have all but made wagons extinct primarily because women, from a purely psychological standpoint, subconsciously “feel” that they and their children are more safe driving/riding in them vs a station wagon (I’d even go so far as to SWAG that women tend to like the more aggressive looking CUVs, on a relative basis, compared with their more wimpy appearing brethren).

        Of course, from a factual standpoint, there’s little evidence that CUVs, having a far higher center of gravity, are safer than equivalent curb weight and safety device equipped station wagons, and that CUVs may be potentially less safe in many real world situations (e.g. extreme accident avoidance maneuvers, etc.).

        On a similar note, CUVs outsell minivans, despite minivans having far more useable space per square inch of vehicle, because minivans aren’t aggressive (i.e. safe) looking, and CUVs are perceived as ‘sexier’ by women.

        That’s my theory, and I’m sticking with it.

    • 0 avatar
      MZ3AUTOXR

      My MZ6 Wagon weighed somewhere around 3500# (on racing scales.) The 6cyl was adequate for acceleration. The 4 cyl, at 160 HP would have been inadequate at best.

      • 0 avatar
        missinginvlissingen

        Blame the V6 for the weight. The wagon bodystyle contributes less than 100 pounds. (see below)

        Inadequate acceleration is in the eye (foot?) of the beholder.

        The “S” trim package (which adds the V6) added more weight to the Mazda6 than the wagon body style did. Listed in order, these are 2007 specs:

        Exterior Dimensions & Weight
        Mazda6 Sport Wagon s Value Edition
        Mazda6 i Sports Sedan Value Edition
        Mazda6 s Sports Sedan Value Edition

        Curb Weight – Automatic (lb.) 3461 3166 3378
        Curb Weight – Manual (lb.) No data 3091 3320

        From the S sedan to the S wagon added 83 pounds. From the i sedan to the S sedan added about 220 pounds.

        If Mazda’s new wagon can weigh 3200 pounds with the 4cyl, I think the acceleration would be fine. (As point of comparison, I have the 2.3 I4 in my Mazda5, which weighs 3400, and it is entirely adequate.)

      • 0 avatar
        MZ3AUTOXR

        I guess your definition of “adequate” differs from mine.

    • 0 avatar
      icemilkcoffee

      The 160hp gas engine would be too slow. But the 300ft lb 2.2 turbo diesel Skyactiv engine would be just what the doctor called for.

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        The 6 should weigh-in no more than the CX-5, and the 2.0L engine is adequate there. It isn’t a rocket, but it isn’t too slow, either.

        If they offered the diesel in the 6, I’d probably beat down women and children to buy one. But I don’t expect to see it until the 2015 MY, and that’s only if they introduce it in another model (CX-5? CX-9?) and it sells well.

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      BRING ØN THE MØØSE TEST

  • avatar
    felix

    They should call this the Mazda6 Shooting Brake. Way more stylish then the CLS wagon to my eyes.

    Is it just me or does that front overhang look a little short for a front-drive car?

  • avatar
    NormSV650

    Looks like a 5-door extended hatch rather than a wagon.

  • avatar
    50merc

    I wish Mazda well, but how is this vehicle different from many other crossovers with squashed roofs? Maybe Mazda’s stylists are secretly on the payroll of a manufacturer of rear-view TV cameras.

  • avatar

    Atenza wagon? Gold.

  • avatar
    NN

    Stunning. if this wagon comes to the US it will be a candidate for my next car.

  • avatar
    JCraig

    If anyone can make a wagon legitimately cool it’s Mazda. I don’t think anyone other than enthusiests even knew the first 6 came in wagon form. I agree with the comment above, marketed right with these good looks and what should be great MPG and they could have another CX-5 like success…

  • avatar
    juicy sushi

    Marketed well, I think it would sell, as it seems people are embracing hatchbacks a lot more. But, as much as I really, really want one, unless the fix the rust issue, forget it. Mazda is supposed to be a Japanese alternative to Alfa Romeo, not a slavish copy (down to the faults).

  • avatar
    SuperACG

    Oh man! I’m looking for a replacement for my Focus Wagon! If this comes in brown, I’m all over it like a fly on a turd!

    No lie. I like brown cars.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      VW makes the Jetta wagon in brown. Looks pretty good, actually.

      It’s a damn shame that Ford didn’t bring the new Focus wagon here. That is a beautiful car.

      • 0 avatar
        JKC

        Indeed it is. I’ve looked at pictures of it on the Ford UK web site: looks much better to my eyes than either the sedan or hatch.

      • 0 avatar
        SuperACG

        Yes, and I agree the JSW TDI looks very good in brown. Problem is I can’t stand beige interiors, and you can’t get a black interior with a brown JSW. I LOVED the B6 Passat Wagon when it came in Mocha Brown and you could get Latte Macchiato interior. Beautiful brown-on-brown combination. People who buy that combo tend to hang onto them so I won’t be finding any used for a long time.

        And yes, I also love the newest Focus Wagon. The ST version is drool-worthy. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe the wagon will make it to the US…

      • 0 avatar
        chicagoland

        Escapes are more profitable, that’s why.

  • avatar
    Sttocs

    Oh Mazda, you know me so well!

    AWD ‘Speed6 Wagon, anyone?

  • avatar
    Richard Chen

    IIRC the prior Mazda6 wagon with V6/auto-only stateside, sold 200/month, and was 50% fleet. I’d be surprised if this one comes to the US.

  • avatar
    chicagoland

    Talking about “Mazda should show agressive ads showing the wagon’s handling.” Most US SUV drivers couldn’t care less. They’d not even watch the ads, just FF on DVR recordings. And why should Mazda with little ad budget waste the $ to try to ‘change the US’ to suit a small fraction of drivers? There is more profit in the CX series.

    Buyers that want handling will get sportier cars, or hatches. Once one accepts the truth about wagons in the US, then can enjoy life! LOL

  • avatar
    rudiger

    Yeah, marketing is the key. If Mazda could figure out a way to get Americans to believe this wasn’t a station wagon but some great new style/niche, they’d have a success. But once the terrible two words ‘station wagon’ creep into the lexicon, it’s the death knell.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    This I am liking.


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