Mazda develops rear-wheel drive modelsSeptember 9, 2020
The Japanese automaker is expected to see a lot more in the next few years: Mazda is preparing many more rear-wheel drive models.
Mazda is on a mission: While this badge suggests that you might be buying a reliable but not particularly premium car, the brand’s bold promotion over the past few years is clear. All you have to do is sit in the new Mazda 3 or CX-30 with their first-class stylish interiors to understand what they mean.
But it’s not just what can be seen and touched that showcases Mazda’s plans to compete against more respected European brands. The Japanese edition has shared some details regarding the next generation Mazda lineup, and I must say there is a lot to be happy about.
One of the most exciting prospects will be the all-new Mazda 6, due out in March 2022. We already know that this sedan will switch to a rear-wheel-drive layout and get an in-line six-cylinder engine, which is a complete departure from the current front-wheel-drive four-cylinder model.
The new 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine will use SkyActiv-X proprietary spark-ignition-controlled compression ignition technology, as well as a supercharger and 48-volt mild hybrid system. The maximum power will be just under 300 horsepower. Despite this high performance, the WLTP cycle shows very low fuel consumption.
In addition to the Mazda 6, a new CX-5 SUV is set to arrive in early 2023 with the same inline-six and rear-wheel drive layout. It is also expected to be offered with an AWD option. Below the CX-5 in the lineup is the next CX-3 due to be unveiled in June 2022. It will also use SkyActiv-X technology, but with a smaller, 1.5-liter engine.
It is difficult to imagine how the new models will look like. What can be said for sure is that the new engines and the switch to rear-wheel drive of the larger models will set Mazda apart from its natural competitors and make them very nervous.
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