While the world continues on its downsizing of engines course, Mazda is busy preparing a new generation of big straight-6 engines. Here's what we know so far.
Mazda has confirmed it'll be assembling a new family of straight-6 petrol and diesel engines for future products. Dubbed Skyactiv-X, these new engines will be joining an all-new platform with the capacity for rear-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive. There'll also be hybrid and plug-in hybrid capacity.
The move to a bigger engine tells us that Mazda is wanting to attack the more premium segments of the global car market. While we don't think the South African market will see many of these engines, other than a future generation CX-5, the international market has the CX-9 as well as large Mazda6 sedan.
The current lineup of engines look good on paper and the new Mazda3 features the advanced Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology and this model is due in South Africa before the end of the year.