Mazda Is Working On New Straight-Six Skyactiv-X Engines

Mazda is developing a new family of straight-six Skyactiv-X engines for its future premium models, in both petrol and diesel variants.

The Japanese car maker announced the new six-cylinder powertrains during an investor conference. The new engines will be used in Mazda’s upcoming large architecture that will spawn models with both rear- and all-wheel drive.

Mazda’s move to develop its own six-cylinders certainly comes as a surprise and is indicative of the company’s plans to enter the more premium segments of the market. The new large architecture will have the new engines positioned longitudinally and also be compatible with mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies.

Also Read: Mazda Has No Immediate Plans To Bring Its Skyactiv-X Engine To America

Straight-six engines are making a comeback lately, and Mazda is joining Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover, as well as BMW which is a long-time champion of the layout. This, however, marks the first time Mazda has offered a straight-six engine in its models.

The company didn’t provide a timeline for the powertrains just yet, nor did it discuss what kind of models will use it. It did promise, though, that it will release more information in the near future.

The new engines will employ the brand’s Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology, set to debut at the Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X this year, which should give them enough horsepower and competitive efficiency to cover all bases.

This is very good news indeed as it gives fans their hopes back to see one of its striking concepts of late, like the 2018 Vision Coupe, reaching production.

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  • Merc1

    Build the car in the pics without very little change, adding RWD and at least a 400hp I6 and I’m in!

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    • Danny Boy

      Preferably 0 change!

  • Eduardo Palandi

    great news! hopefully a grand tourer is on the cards!

  • eb110americana

    Mazda has already done so much with luxurious yet affordable interiors, clean exteriors, and sporty handling. Add RWD and power to the mix, and they may conquer the world. Hopefully sell a few cars too.

  • Rocket

    I haven’t agreed with some of Mazda’s recent decisions, but I couldn’t be more on board with this one. Absolutely brilliant move, Mazda!

  • MarkoS

    Watch Out! If Mazda pulls this off Audi and BMW should be very concerned. Mazda understands driving machines.

  • Astonman

    It makes sense since they’ve been designing their cars with longer hood compared to other automakers.

  • Six_Tymes

    I so love that concept. I would drool if I saw it in person.

    • Danny Boy

      If i were with you I’d soo drool right along with you dude! Hell, any of their recent concepts!

  • Cobrajet

    Mazda NINE!

    • Eythan Aldrich

      in Japan the Sentia….however my mind bugs me that name might change like the Familia=Axela

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    One of the most elegant concepts of the last 5 years.

  • Craig

    “Mazda is joining Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover, as well as AMC which is a long-time champion of the layout in classic models such as the Gremlin X.” [I sometimes re-word things just to make me smile!]

  • charlotteharry57

    Mazda seems determined to go against the grain and focus on sedans (and coupes). Probably because, in an oversaturated CUV/SUV market, it’s the only way right now to make its ridiculous “move upmarket”. On the other hand, there are reports on my Ford Owner site that Ford has now decided to keep the Fusion around until at least model year 2023, so what do I know?

    • MarkoS

      Thing is they have a full of CUV/SUV’s as well with at least one other all new model coming, these are paying for this new initiative.

      • Arturo Suarez

        I live in Japan and they dont make a CX7 but they do make a CX8 and it look great fits right inbetween the cx9 and CX5

  • Giziclown

    Ohhhh, yessssss!!!

  • SteersUright

    That sedan is better looking than any Aston, MB, Audi, inside and out. If they ever produce it, even charge up to $70k for it, I’d imagine there would be a market for it.

  • Vassilis

    All they need is a 1.6 and a 2.0 turbo engine

  • Stephen G

    I’m guessing that if Mazda built this car ,5 or 6 automobile manufacturers would go out of business.

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