At the back, the tailgate opens in two sections with the glass hinged upwards in hatchback fashion, while the lower panel drops straight down.
The design is no “idle dream” says Mazda's chief designer Moray Callum. “A six seater that sends such a strong visual message is really unprecedented. If the RX-8 represents excitement for four people, our six-seat Washu presents excitement for six people.”
Other innovations include “Captain's chair”-style seats which can be independently moved backwards and forwards and slid sidewards to facilitate access to the rear seats.
Power comes from an all new 3.5 litre V6 engine mated to a six-speed gearbox.