The new-generation Mazda CX-5 is set to arrive next year. An important piece of news about the upcoming model is related to its underpinnings.
CarSales informs that the vehicle will ride on Mazda’s new platform for large cars, the CX-5 and above, that adapts rear and all-wheel drive, a mild-hybrid 48-volt system. And, yes, it will offer a choice of inline, or straight six-cylinder engines – gasoline and diesel ones.
The automaker wants to amortize costs for the new architecture and powertrain as fast as possible. The brand’s strong-selling model – the Mazda CX-5, is the quickest way to do this, before applying the same to the next CX-8, CX-9, Mazda 6.
Earlier rumors said the new-gen Mazda CX-5’s engine range would include a gasoline 3.0-liter inline-six making 282 hp/210 kW and 251 pound-feet and using the SKYACTIV-X mild-hybrid tech.
A 3.3-liter inline-six diesel engine with 282 horsepower and 442.5 pound-feet, possibly a turbocharged one, will be also present.
Longitudinal, large six-cylinders, and the rear- or all-wheel drive platform will make the Mazda CX-5 unique in its class. They also ensure dynamic handling for the brand’s more upmarket models – midsize and large ones.
Expect the new platform to bring 4-cylinder plug-in hybrid gasoline and diesel powertrains as well. Mazda also promises “rotary engine multiple electrification technologies”.