Mazda confirms that it’s working on straight six engines, mild hybrids and rear-wheel drive platforms
Mazda seems to be going through a bit of a product revolution. The Japanese brand has confirmed during its March 2019 fiscal earnings report that it’s developing straight six SkyActiv-X petrol and straight six SkyActiv-D diesel engines along with 48v mild/plug in hybrid drivetrains.
Additionally, there’ll be rear-wheel drive and new all-wheel drive layouts. Mazda has also pledged to further evolve its Kodo design language.
American publication Jalopnik first made the discovery, and reached out to one of Mazda’s PR people who confirmed the news “we’re excited to bring these powertrains to our future vehicles as we continue on our path to premium. We know our fans will be yearning for additional details, however specific models, performance figures and market rollout will be disclosed at an appropriate time.”
Straight six engines have made a comeback of late with Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar re-embracing the technology. Rival BMW has long promoted the straight six engine. Mazda, however, will be the only Japanese brand to produce such engines, with rivals preferring bent layouts.
Toyota, for instance, turned to BMW for the turbo six in the Supra.
There’s no word as to what models will be fitted with the new engines, but we’re guessing the next generation Mazda6, CX-8 and CX-9 models.