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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