This Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D wagon is only in Europe, but some sources say it could be coming to a dealership near you. Photos, video, and more after the jump.
Happy new year and welcome to another Wagon Wednesday – the best day of the week.
So, as evidenced by last week’s post about their impressive fuel efficiency, and now this amazing looking 2014 Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D wagon, Mazda is quickly becoming one of my favorite automakers again. Just look at it. Even sitting still, it looks graceful, flowing, and elegant. This is car design at some of its best.
Now, there’s no official word regarding whether or not we’re getting this car in the US, but if we do, the Mazda 6 Skyactiv-D wagon is practically everything an Internet automotive enthusiast is craving:
- It’s a wagon.
- It’s gorgeous.
- It’s a diesel.
- It gets over 40 MPG on the highway
- If it’s powered by the US version of the Skyactiv-D powertrain, it’ll have over 300 lb/ft of torque.
- It comes with a proper manual transmission.
Yes, you read that right. If you order one of these with the Skyactiv-D diesel, you can get a six-speed manual transmission. The Skyactiv-D manual was created just for these cars. It’s part of Mazda’s overall Skyactiv strategy to mate the best and most efficient engines and transmissions together. It was built using the MX-5’s transmission as a benchmark – so you can bet that it’ll be a hoot to drive, especially with all that diesel torque. Did I mention that it only weighs 3,260 pounds? Yeah. That’s kind of important, too.
In Euopean trim, the 6 Skyactiv-D wagon makes 280 ft/lbs of torque, which is pretty respectable in and of itself, but thanks to the mythical powers of diesel combustion (compression, if we want to be technical), all that torque comes on at only 1,800 RPM. You can bet that this family hauler could lay a pretty serious patch of rubber, should the opportunity present itself.
Personally, I hope to see this car stateside. Look at it again. It’s beautiful.
Mazda’s “Kodo” (Soul of Motion) design language just lends itself so well to the curve and length of this wagon. Unlike its swoopier (and uglier) competitors from Nissan, the 6 wagon doesn’t look cartoonish or overstated. Yes, I’m looking at you, Nissan Juke… and now I’m not – because you’re hideous. This is the wagon America needs, but if we’re not going to get it, at least Mazda IS bringing its fantastic Skyactiv-D powertrain platform to the 6 sedan later this year. As fuel costs rise and efficiency is on the minds of American drivers more than ever, diesels and their impressive fuel economy become even more appealing.
What do you think? Would you drive it?
Photo credit: Autoblog.com