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Mazda preparing inline-six petrol, diesel engines

Mazda preparing inline-six petrol, diesel engines”

Inconspicuously hidden on the 25th page of its financial results presentation from March 2019, as first spotted by Jalopnik, is an outline of the brand's future product plans, and the most intriguing of these is the introduction of a new "Large Architecture" for premium vehicles powered by straight-six petrol and diesel engines.

All signs point to the new "Large Architecture" being rear-wheel-drive, as it uses a longitudinal engine layout. One of the slides in the presentation calls for the launch of a straight-six turbodiesel, and a straight-six version of the compression-ignition SkyActiv-X four-cylinder engine that will power the 3.

Considering the whole Skyactiv tech is based around 4 cylinders of both diesel and petrol guise, of course the Skyactiv-X in the latest Mazda 3 would also come in the same layout.

Mazda has confirmed plans for new inline-six engines and a new "Large Architecture", with all signs pointing to this new platform being rear-wheel drive. According to the document, Mazda plans to boost the amount of revenue it brings in on every sale with its "new-generation lineup". With rear-wheel-drive and an inline-six engine, it could supersede the mainstream family-sedan segment in which it now sits and reach into the entry-luxury segment, doing battle with the likes of the BMW 3-series and Mercedes-Benz C-class in terms of price and performance. Again, we'll have to wait to find out more.

It shows Mazda plans to further mature its so-called Kodo design language, as well as upgrade its current four-cylinder engines, offer a mild-hybrid powertrain and add an "independently developed" electric vehicle to its small auto stable.



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