Mazda has confirmed it plans to start rolling out new six-cylinder engines by 2022, with the next-generation Mazda6 and CX-5 likely to be recipients.

The Japanese company included a slide about its new longitudinal inline-six powertrains in a presentation detailing its second-quarter financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2021.

Under the heading “Investment for raising brand value”, Mazda confirmed it planned to “develop high power/low CO2 hardware" over the “next two years”.

This follows the firm’s announcement in May 2019 that it planned to create inline-six petrol and diesel engines, while also hinting it would develop a new rear-wheel-drive platform for large vehicles.

In May 2020, the first details of the upcoming straight-six engines seemingly emerged online in a leaked slide. The admittedly unverified image posted on cochespias.net suggested the Japanese firm was planning to offer two inline-six powerplants.

According to the post, the first will be a 3,3-litre turbodiesel mill, wearing Mazda’s Skyactiv-D badge and generating 210 kW and 600 N.m. The second will apparently incorporate the company’s latest Skyactiv-X  compression-ignition petrol technology, with the 3,0-litre unit set to feature a 48 V mild-hybrid system and peak outputs of 210 kW and 340 N.m.