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    Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV
    Mazda's future six-cylinder powertrains, hybrid offerings, and longitudinal platforms are coming into clearer focus.
    BY JOEY CAPPARELLA
    NOV 11, 2020
    Car & Driver

    • A new Mazda investor presentation includes many future powertrain details, as first reported by Japanese publication Car Watch.
    • A photo shows the company's new inline-six and inline-four engines that are meant for longitudinal applications.
    • Mazda has also confirmed that a new U.S.-built SUV will use Toyota's hybrid system.

    A new Mazda investor presentation has shed more light on the company's future powertrain plans, which include inline-six engines, new hybrid offerings, and longitudinal platforms. Currently, all Mazdas sold in the U.S. are powered by inline-four engines and—except for the Miata—feature transversely mounted engines, so switching its larger vehicles to a longitudinal arrangement could have a transformative effect and help legitimize Mazda's ambition to become a premium brand.

    We first heard about these plans in 2019 and now have proof that the inline-six exists, thanks to this image showing two versions of the engine and its cylinder heads. We believe the engine on the left is a gasoline version and the engine on the right is a diesel version, as it has a flat cylinder head design that indicates a smaller combustion chamber yielding a higher compression ratio and appears to have more emissions equipment. Mazda also says that it will offer a 48-volt hybrid system in conjunction with the inline-six and a version of the engine that uses the company's compression-ignition-capable Skyactiv-X technology.

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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Refreshing, especially after all of the talk about electric. I would like to see about 15% - 20% more horsepower than the current offerings.
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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    If Mazda goes RWD, they will become very interesting alternative to enthusiasts, not so much to the general public

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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Even though the '18 - '21 Mazda6 was a result of probably one of the best MCE's in modern automotive history, it is no doubt, a little long in the tooth along w/ the CX-9. A change to RWD along w/ an I6/hybrid would no **** bring them in line with their intended competitors. The good part about their push upwards is that they've always been sort of a niche brand even in the mainstream, so they don't really have much to lose by going up a segment.
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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    I'm not sure where Mazda is going to sell a 6-cylinder diesel - they're not anywhere near the large premium market in Europe and introducing diesels to North America doesn't seem to make sense.

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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    I'm not sure where Mazda is going to sell a 6-cylinder diesel - they're not anywhere near the large premium market in Europe and introducing diesels to North America doesn't seem to make sense.
    Don't know. There is a war on diesel in Europe. Maybe they enter into other segments, such as trucks, or supply engines to others. From one keiretsu to another.
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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    If Mazda goes RWD, they will become very interesting alternative to enthusiasts, not so much to the general public
    Unfortunate but true. These engines going into yet another FWD vehicle or just about any SUV turns it into who cares.

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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Quote Originally Posted by big swede View Post
    Unfortunate but true. These engines going into yet another FWD vehicle or just about any SUV turns it into who cares.
    The article literally said they are going into Longitudinal applications in new platforms

    Not FWD
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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    The article literally said they are going into Longitudinal applications in new platforms

    Not FWD
    I'm pretty satisfied w/ my Mazda...I can see myself going for a RWD Mazda6 in a couple years if it ever happens...or maybe some sort of RWD hybrid 6. Just as long as it continues to be comfortable quiet and reasonably quick/efficient, I'm down.
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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    I'm pretty satisfied w/ my Mazda...I can see myself going for a RWD Mazda6 in a couple years if it ever happens...or maybe some sort of RWD hybrid 6. Just as long as it continues to be comfortable quiet and reasonably quick/efficient, I'm down.
    CX9 , CX8 and hopefully a new 929 type replacement to go against lexus


    All RWD would be good and take the brand further upmarket

    Nothing says "i'm taking cheap way out" better than having a FWD Luxury SUV/Crossover
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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    CX9 , CX8 and hopefully a new 929 type replacement to go against lexus


    All RWD would be good and take the brand further upmarket

    Nothing says "i'm taking cheap way out" better than having a FWD Luxury SUV/Crossover
    I don't know what you're talking about the XT4 is amazing. :-)
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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    I don't know what you're talking about the XT4 is amazing. :-)
    Compared to the Escalade the dash in this is just terrible
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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Interesting choice to be launching a new ICE 6 cylinder. Almost seems like something that was set in motion 5 years ago then the industry excitement shifted to BEV's and they decided they have to much money invested in the new ICE to change course. Does seem interesting though, I look forward to seeing what they have.

    I'd think they'd go for an electrified 4 vs. a new 6.

    A rwd Mazda will probably look pretty good, they have a nice look going on their fwd.

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    Re: Mazda Shows Inline-Six Engines, Confirms U.S.-Built Hybrid SUV

    Quote Originally Posted by VS Ute 5Litre View Post
    The article literally said they are going into Longitudinal applications in new platforms

    Not FWD
    I'll get excited when it's in a car and not another bloated SUV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big swede View Post
    I'll get excited when it's in a car and not another bloated SUV.

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