Lexus and Toyota will use Mazda rear-wheel drive platformJune 20, 2019
The future generation of several Toyota and Lexus cars is expected to receive a rear-wheel drive platform and inline six-cylinder engine from Mazda. Such information appeared in foreign specialized media with reference to unnamed insiders in Japan. The first of these models may appear as early as 2022.
It is assumed that Toyota plans to use the Mazda rear-wheel drive platform and a six-cylinder inline engine first on the successor to its premium sedan Mark X. The premium division of the Japanese brand, Lexus, intends to introduce these parts into a new coupe that will be located in the current model range. existing RC and LC coupes.
The publication also hints that Lexus plans to use the Mazda platform for quite some time. The report states that the next-generation Lexus IS and RC models will be built on the TGNA (Toyota) platform with a V6 engine, but after that the model will switch to Mazda units.
The Mazda Investor Report, which was published in March 2019, included the company’s plan for producing an inline six-cylinder engine using the latest Skyactiv-X technology.
The same report reports a plan for creating a new architecture that will support rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. The outline of the automaker showed his intention to expand the production of new components in the period from 2020 to 2025.
This information confirms earlier rumors that Toyota and Mazda have a close working relationship. For example, the new Toyota Yaris Hatchback in the United States has a lot in common with the Mazda2. In addition, the companies have a $ 1.6 billion partnership to build a plant in Alabama for the initial construction of the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda crossover.
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