It’s Tokyo Auto Salon season soon, and Mazda weighs in amongst the tuner-centric crowd with its own production model offering that is the new Flair Wagon as well as the Flair Wagon Custom Style. Based upon the Suzuki Spacia, the Mazda Flair Wagon wears a rather conventional kei car silhouette though it also features a distinctive beltline made to “emphasise the thickness of the body,” Mazda said.

The Flair Wagon is powered by either of two 660 cc engines; an entry-level unit producing 52 PS and 60 Nm of torque, and a higher-rated mill with 64 PS and 98 Nm of torque courtesy of turbocharging. Both are part of a hybrid powertrain which features a 3 PS/50 Nm electric motor, paired to a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard while AWD is optional.

Interior style is slightly on the minimalist side, with instrumentation comprising a large speedometer taking centrestage ahead of the three-spoke steering wheel, along with a smaller digital display. Sitted atop the centre of the dashboard is a larger infotainment screen, while along the interior, metallic accents add contrast and highlights to cream-coloured or black upholstery.

This time around, sliding rear doors maximise accessibility to the second and third rows, and the compact Mazda is suitably up to date with safety equipment as well, including a collision warning system, high beam assist and lane departure warning as part of its active safety package.

Pricing in Japan for the Mazda Flair Wagon ranges from 1,333,800 yen (RM48,123) to 1,908,360 yen (RM68,852) for the range-topping Flair Wagon Custom Style XT. Kei cars are designed to maximise accommodation within strict exterior dimensions limits for the Japanese market; how do you think these would fare in the Malaysian market, dear readers?