Mazda Designs Inline 6-cylinder Engines

Mazda Large Architecture To Introduce Inline-Six SkyActiv-X, SkyActiv-D Engines

In a presentation dubbed Fiscal Year 2019 March Results there's a graphic dedicated to future product and, under the "Large Architecture" header, features straight-six Skyactiv-X and Skyactiv-D engines. Offering a six-cylinder engine has the potential to majorly boost Mazda's image as a luxury brand.

This is very interesting news, and the first we've heard of such plans.

Mazda appears to be bucking the engine downsizing trend. In fact, the largest-capacity passenger auto engine it offers in Australia is the 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-cylinder engine, which is borrowed from Ford for the Mazda BT-50. Toyota famously opted not to use the revival of the Supra as an opportunity to develop its own inline-six, instead deriving its new sports auto from BMW-supplied mechanicals. It's an inherently smooth configuration, and the idea of a rear-drive Mazda 6 or similar with rear-drive and a straight-six is quite enticing. Even if it has an inline-six instead of a rotary engine, that's a plan we can get behind. The rotating mass of each piston in line makes for a more harmonious operation as opposed to a V-layout, which sends pistons outward and firing away from each other.

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As an extra bonus, as many an enthusiast would argue, a straight-six simply sounds better than a V6. Power and torque outputs are usually the same. So far, the MX-5 is the only current Mazda with a north-south engine layout.

Either way, the new premium models won't come cheap as page 24 of the Mazda financial document reveals that Mazda plans to forge its way into higher price brackets.

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