Mazda has added a new micro-mini tall wagon to its lineup in Japan with the release of the Mazda Flairwagon. Designed to seat four adults with plenty of headroom, the Flairwagon features sliding rear doors on both sides and a low rear step to provide easy ingress and egress in the tightest of parking spaces.
Mazda is offering the Flairwagon in three different models, along with an additional special edition IS Limited model that comes equipped with an idling stop system. The LS, XS and IS models are powered by a 660 DOHC VVT engine, while the TS model gets a 660 DOHC Turbo powerplant. All feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with auxiliary gearbox and qualify as super ultra-low emission vehicles (SU-LEV) in Japan.
Fuel economy figures range from 17.2 km/L (40.45 US mpg) for the TS Flairwagon, up to 22.2 km/L (52.22 US mpg) for the IS model. While the IS model is front-wheel drive (FWD) only, a choice of FWD and full-time 4WD is offered in the other models.
The cabin of the Flairwagon measures 1,365 mm (53.74 in) high and 2,070 mm (81.49 in) long, with the luggage compartment just 535 mm (21.06 in) off the ground for easy loading and unloading. Mazda says the split-dive down rear seat can be folded almost flat to create enough room for a 27-inch bike. There’s also a passenger side under-seat box and an upper glove box that uses air from the air conditioner to function as a cold storage space.
Coming in Aqua Veil Blue Pearl Metallic, Bloom Pink Metallic, Silky Silver Metallic, Pearl White and Bluish Black Pearl, the Flairwagon ranges in price from 1,212,750 yen (approx. US$15,250) for the LS model, up to 1,499,400 yen (approx. US$18,855) for the TS model.