In other words, entry-level models based on the Large Architecture will be rear-wheel drive, including the successor of the Mazda6 sedan. Mazda has also confirmed to Jalopnik in a statement, saying "We're excited to bring these powertrains to our future vehicles as we continue on our path to premium", though specific details will "be disclosed at an appropriate time", the Japanese automaker said.
Mazda's most powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder now produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, so we assume this new inline-six will be even more potent.More news: Farrakhan says he doesn’t hate Jewish people
All of this is scheduled to happen between 2020 and 2025, according to the document... From what we know so far, it sounds like Mazda is getting way more serious about its ambitions to become a luxury brand. While it's possible to package a longitudinally mounted engines in a front-wheel-drive vehicle, it doesn't make a lot of sense. Recently however, following a perusal of Mazda's 2019 March fiscal year report, it looks like the boffins at Hiroshima will be pretty busy developing a new motor as promised in their report: a straight-six version of the Skyactiv-X powerplant.
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Not much is known apart from an initial mention, but the new engine will use Mazda's revolutionary compression-ignition technology which is created to give petrol engines the fuel efficiency of a diesel. Even if it has an inline-six instead of a rotary engine, that's a plan we can get behind.More news: Former Ohio State Assistant Zach Smith Arrested After Violating Civil Protection Order