Station wagons once ruled the world in America, but they have fallen out of favor as first SUVs, and then crossovers came to dominate the market. But the Mazda6 station wagon is an affordable, practical, and fuel efficient diesel-powered people mover that is every bit as awesome as it looks. Or at least so declares the Internet.
Everything For Everything
See, there is something of a running gag among American auto writers, because almost all of us want a vehicle that, at least in the U.S. market, doesn’t exist. That car is a diesel-powered station wagon that looks good, drives fast, has a reasonable price tag, and comes with a manual transmission.
Mazda literally just built that car, and debuted it at the Paris Auto Show. Naturally, it isn’t for sale in the U.S., at least not yet. Nope, this is a European and Japanese model for now.
The key here is the diesel engine. Diesel engines, especially those built for the European and Japanese market, have a penchant for being both fuel-efficient and fun to drive. Mazda in particular has developed a reputation for “zoom-zoom,” though it is more often associated with rotary engines than clean diesel.
Racing Roots, Diesel Efficiency
Powering this sexy station wagon is a twin turbo 2.2 liter four-cylinder SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine. While this engine’s primary purpose is to power cars, Mazda’s new line of SkyActiv-D engines will also be exercised in the motorsports arena. The Japanese automaker will pit the 2.2 liter 4-cylinder diesel against the alt-fuel competition in the new Grand Am GX class.
Reports indicate that this engine will make its American debut in the Mazda CX-5 sometime in early 2013. Does that mean no station wagon? Let’s hope not.
Because of the practical station wagon body style, this Mazda6 wagon could replace a pickup in many situations, while also hauling grandma, grandpa, and the kids halfway across the state. The diesel engine will ensure awesome gas mileage, and when you’re all alone the twin turbochargers and manual transmission will definitely allow for some fun.
Would Americans, besides auto writers, actually buy such a vehicle? It’s hard to say. But I would. Would you?