2018 Mazda6 Sport Wagon aims for sporty, practical proposition

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Wagon fans rejoice as the Mazda6 Sport Wagon gets updated for 2018

There's no denying that crossovers are some of the hottest-selling vehicles in the world today. That doesn't mean automakers are abandoning the station wagon market. Mazda is one of those holding on to the segment with the updated Mazda6 Sport Wagon.

It gets the same front-end treatment as its four-door sibling with a reshaped, CX-9-inspire grill and reshaped headlights. A smoother look for the front bumper has also been applied. Also, a new set of alloy wheels, straight from the updated sedan, have been fitted to the wagon. For now, there are no photos of the rear but there are likely to be minor tweaks.

Inside, there is a simpler, more cohesive dashboard design, just like the sedan. Mazda says that it has been redesigned 'with an emphasis on providing a clean and unobstructed view of the road'. The 2018 Mazda6 gets reshaped central aircon vents, a new climate control system that sits lower than before and a slightly updated infotainment display.

Other changes made to the Mazda6 Sport Wagon include refinements and upgrades to the Skyactiv engine and transmission, re-engineered suspension, enhanced noise isolation (a common point of criticism from past models) and an even broader range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety features, such as a 360° view monitor and an intelligent speed assist system.

There are no specific engine figures just yet but given that it will debut in Europe, it is possible that the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D will be the highlight. With that in mind, the turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G might also make an appearance in European market as well. The latter is derived from the all-new CX-9 crossover and produces 230 PS and 450 Nm of torque.

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