Mazda is making moves. The brand-new، appreciably better 3، and upgraded 6 sedan and CX-5 crossover، make the Mazda lineup more appealing than ever. But now the company promises something a bit out of the ordinary، but welcomed: build an inline-six، motor1 reported.
In Mazda's March 2019 investor report، first uncovered by Jalopnik، the company quietly confirmed a new inline-six engine with Skyactiv-X technology and an inline-six Skyactiv-D diesel. That means Mazda might join other manufacturers (Audi، BMW، Jaguar، and Mercedes-Benz) in helping revive the engine. Page 26 of the presentation outlines those inline-six plans، as well as notes a few neat extras.
Those extras include an expansion of Mazda's lauded Kodo design language، as well as introduce a new mild-hybrid system، an EV platform، and a "Large Architecture" with mild-hybrid and PHEV capabilities. The "Large Architecture" promises i-Activ all-wheel drive – though، we suspect rear-wheel drive will come standard – and a "longitudinal engine layout."
It's all part of what Mazda calls its "new-generation lineup." These products will roll out between 2020 and 2025 (supposedly)، with the Mazda 6 the first to arrive with a rear-wheel-drive platform، an inline-six، and hopefully a look similar to the stunning Vision Coupe concept pictured here. Though، the delay of Mazda's Skyactiv-X engine in the U.S. has us leary of the proposed timeframe.
Nonetheless، these major changes could mean a move upmarket for the brand in terms of pricing. With the new inline-six engine and rear-wheel drive، the 6 would compete more directly with cars like the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The current Mazda 6 starts at $23،800.