In 1997, sales of the sixth generation Mazda Capella began. In this generation, the release of wagons was again established. For them, a separate modified GW platform was proposed. Release of the station wagon for the Japanese automobile market started in 1997 and continued until 2002, when it was decided to stop production of all Mazda Capella modifications, replacing it in the Japanese market with the more modern Mazda Atenza (right-hand drive analogue of the Mazda 6 sold in Europe). In 1999, there was a restyling, during which the car received a new radiator grille, which became a brand name for Mazda cars in the 21st century. On the car installed new headlights, introduced a new bumper.
Compared with the sixth-generation sedan, the Mazda Capella station wagon was distinguished by a higher height and wheelbase. After restyling in 1999, the length of the station wagon increased by 10 mm. The dimensions of the latest version of the Capella station wagon were as follows: length - 4675 mm, width - 1695, height - 1510 mm. Wheelbase - 2670 mm. Ground clearance “Japanese” - 16 centimeters. The car received a voluminous trunk, which can be increased by folding the rear row of seats and the front passenger. The rear seats fold individually at a ratio of 50:50. To increase the legroom for the rear passengers, they are equipped with special skids that allow them to move. If necessary, they can be removed from the passenger compartment. The back door is equipped with a drop-down window, which can be useful when transporting large items.
Four types of engines were installed on the Mazda Capella station wagon: 1.8 liters (125 hp), 2.0 liters (140 hp or 170 hp) and 2.5 liters (200 hp). In this generation, they decided to abandon diesel engines, because all engines ran on gasoline, consuming 6.9 - 10.3 liters of fuel in the combined cycle. The gas tank of the car is 60 liters.
Modifications were produced with a four-speed automatic gearbox and five-speed mechanics (available only with 1.8 motors). Modifications were produced with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive was not available for cars with a 125-horsepower engine.
Car suspension - suspension struts. Modifications with a 1.8-liter engine were considered budgetary, because drum brakes were installed on them instead of disc brakes used on other versions of the station wagon. The front brakes on all vehicles are ventilated disc brakes.
Mazda Capella station wagon was produced in the trim levels of SV, SE, SX, SX Sport II, S-RX, V-RX and V-RX Sport. The basic equipment of the SV includes anti-UV glass, a rear spoiler, power steering, front seat height adjustment and power windows. To protect the driver and passenger, front airbags are installed, and side airbags are optionally available. The driver’s assistants while driving are the anti-lock system installed together with the brake force distribution system and the auxiliary braking system.
The SE package is distinguished by the presence of an air conditioner, built-in speakers, a CD player, a traction control system and the electronic stability control system and a TV tuner available as options. Options SX Sport II in addition to all of the above features a sunroof and front fog lights. As an option, the Mazda Capella station wagon is equipped with a navigation system and a traffic jam warning system (Mazda Telematics).
The seventh generation Mazda Capella in Japan was introduced in 1997 and was the last for the model. In 2002, the production of cars stopped and was replaced by the Mazda Atenza. In 1999, the Mazda Capella sedan underwent restyling, during which the car radiator grille received a pentagonal shape, traditional for the Mazda 6 and Atenza. When restyling, new pedals were installed in the car and the engines were modernized. The car was sold in the domestic Japanese market and delivered in large volumes abroad. In European and American markets, the car was also produced under the name Mazda 626.
Compared with the sixth generation, the dimensions of the car have changed significantly. The length of the Mazda Capella sedan decreased to 4595 mm, the width remained unchanged - 1695 mm, the height increased to 1440 mm. The car can be safely used on country roads - the vehicle’s ground clearance is 160 mm. Suspension Mazda Capella sedan independent. The undercarriage of the car also includes disc brakes (ventilated ones are installed in the front).
The car was installed gasoline and diesel engines of 1.8 and 2.0 liters. Sports versions were produced with more powerful engines. The front or four-wheel drive was installed on the Chapel (only on two-liter engines). On cars, a four-speed automatic transmission and five-speed mechanics were offered. The fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 6.7 - 8.6 liters, depending on the power and volume of the engine. When driving at a speed of 60 km / h, the flow rate is 3.3 - 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers.
The appearance of the car after generations has undergone minor changes. The appearance of the grille, bumper, headlights has changed.
Salon Mazda Capella sedan ergonomic design. All buttons and levers necessary for control are located as close as possible to the driver. This ensured the unloading of the passenger part of the front panel, in which air ducts and a box for storing small items are equipped. The center console is equipped with a small screen.
The basic equipment of the Mazda Capella sedan includes power steering, power side mirrors, steering wheel adjustment and power windows. The car has airbags for the driver and front passenger. As an option, side airbags are offered, which increase the protection of passengers during a side impact. In their absence, protection is provided by stiffeners mounted in the doors of the sedan and a ruggedized body. A number of auxiliary systems have been installed on the Mazda Capella sedan, helping the driver on the highway and in difficult weather conditions. Among them, traction control (TCS) and auxiliary braking system (BAS).
In addition, the interior of the Mazda Capella sedan can be decorated "wood-like", add a leather braid to the steering wheel. On the car, you could install an audio system with support for CD-ROMs and climate control, replacing air conditioning. For families with small children in some trim levels were offered child restraints. To increase the aerodynamic performance of the car on the trunk is to install a spoiler.