Hiroshima, Japan - Mazda is looking set for a big push upmarket, perhaps even competing with the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, and the Japanese carmaker's plan of action is something we can get excited about.
Inconspicuously hidden on the 25th page of its financial results presentation from March 2019, as first spotted by Jalopnik, is an outline of the brand’s future product plans, and the most intriguing of these is the introduction of a new ‘Large Architecture’ for premium vehicles powered by straight-six petrol and diesel engines.
Until recently the straight six engine layout was abandoned by all but BMW, but now carmakers are cottoning on to the fact that this type of engine can be cost-effectively produced on a modular engine assembly line alongside a technologically similar four-cylinder unit with the same bore and stroke.
As an extra bonus, as many an enthusiast would argue, a straight-six simply sounds better than a V6.
Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar have recently announced new straight-six motors and Mazda looks in line to be next, and it has an efficiency ace up its sleeve too. According to the document, the petrol version will have Mazda’s innovative ‘Skyactiv X’ combustion technology, which is the world’s first application of diesel-like compression ignition in a petrol motor.