The 2023 Mazda 6 Wagon has quietly been launched in the Philippines, but don’t expect this update to be a major one. Already a 10-year-old vehicle at this point, the midsize passenger car won’t anymore come in sedan form for this model year. For this update, it comes with meaningful upgrades that keep this niche vehicle competitive in the dwindling midsize passenger car segment.
Aesthetically speaking, nothing has changed from its design ever since its 2019 facelift except for the addition of two new colors: Rhodium White (as shown in the cover photo) and Platinum Quartz. Rhodium White is the newest color in Mazda’s “Takuminuri” range which includes Soul Red Crystal, the new Artisan Red that debuted in the Mazda 6 20th Anniversary Edition, Platinum Quartz, Machine Gray, and Polymetal Gray. This pearlescent white shade first debuted in the Mazda CX-60, which is already coming to the Philippines this June.
Likewise, the interior design remains unchanged, but instead of brown Nappa Leather, this gets swapped into an all-black Nappa Leather interior with Leganu synthetic suede on the dash. The 8-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system is still using the first-generation operating system, but it now gets wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless charging. Other interior features include power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, rear aircon vents, just to name a few.
The 2023 Mazda 6 Wagon comes with a new engine as well. While the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine is fundamentally the same as before, it now gets cylinder deactivation for the first time. Under light throttle applications, the engine switches to two-cylinder mode. Despite this, the engine still produces 190 hp and 252 Nm of torque. Apart from the revised engine, the steering has also been calibrated to provide a better road feel during medium to high speeds.
As for any advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) on offer, the i-Activsense suite for the Mazda 6 remains unchanged, which means it still gets lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive matrix LED headlights, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. Automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are still MIA in the Mazda 6’s ADAS suite.
With only the Toyota Camry Hybrid being its other competitor, the 2023 Mazda 6 Wagon is in a unique position as it’s the only one in its segment to be offered in this practical and versatile body style. If you want one, the new Mazda 6 Wagon can be yours for P2,100,000.