Mazda has confirmed it plans to build inline-six petrol and diesel engines, while also hinting it will develop a new rear-wheel-drive platform for large vehicles.
As pointed out by the folks over at Jalopnik, the Japanese company included a rather interesting page (embedded below) its Fiscal Year March 2019 Financial Results document.
It shows Mazda plans to further mature its so-called Kodo design language, as well as upgrade its current four-cylinder engines, offer a mild-hybrid powertrain and add an "independently developed" electric vehicle to its small car stable.
The document furthermore lists plans to build straight-six engines (in Skyactiv-X and Skyactiv-D guises) for a new large vehicle platform (fresh Mazda6, anyone?) set to employ a longitudinal engine layout. Of course, the latter suggests rear-wheel drive, although the firm states it will also include all-wheel drive. A 48-volt mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid arrangements are seemingly also on the cards.
All of this is scheduled to happen between 2020 and 2025, according to the document…
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