Mazda has a new engine - and it could be used as early as 2022
The new and non-rotary source of power will most likely be used in the 2022 Mazda6
Mazda has recently unveiled its new engine for 2022 models of the Mazda6 saloon and estate. The new six-cylinder straight-six engine will be available across three variations: petrol, diesel and Skyactiv-X, available after 2022.
It is currently speculated whether the drivetrain of the new Mazda6 will be offered additionally in rear-wheel-drive, but as of now the only guidance on technological specifications is that it will be installed longitudinally - and matched with a four-wheel-drive platform.
The photo debut of Mazda's new inline-six (unofficial) | Credit: Motor1
The latest Mazda6 serves a purpose to rival other saloons in the international market, including the BMW 3 Series and Kia Stinger GT S. But the sad thing is, it is not yet clear whether the new Mazda6 will be sold in the UK and Europe - further complicated by the UK's departure from the European Union.
And some rotary fans left in the dust of disappointment after the RX-9 was revealed to have bottled the rotary engine, the new Mazda6 may be just the car that Mazda needs in order to bridge the gap. The 2022 Mazda6 will pinch the sleek styling used in the development of the RX-9, along with the Vision Coupé concept from 2017.
Iinitial draw-ups of the Vision Coupé Concept | Credit: Autocar
The new engine has been showcased alongside a new plug-in hybrid powertrain and an in-line-four engine, with the plug-in-hybrid system employing 48V mild-hybrid technology, with an expectation to replace today's four-cylinder unit.
If anything, Mazda models from now on will aim to reach fleet-wide CO2 emissions to conform to new automotive environmental priorities - so the latest engine will be crucial in working towards achieving these key contemporary goals.
I guess we will just have to wait and see what the future has in store...