Mazda Is Building An All-New N/A Straight-Six

Continuing its anti-downsizing stance, the Japanese manufacturer is working on a compression ignition inline-six
Mazda Is Building An All-New N/A Straight-Six

In news that’s had all of us in the CT office wondering if we’ve been sucked into a wormhole and spat out roughly 10 years ago, it’s emerged that Mazda is building an all-new, naturally-aspirated inline-six.

Yes, it’s definitely still 2019, and no, you’re not dreaming. Mazda, sticking to its ‘right-sizing’ principles, confirmed the plans in a financial results report posted on its global website, which has since been removed. The Internet never forgets, however, so now the cat is well and truly out of the bag.

The engine will be for ‘large architecture’ vehicles, and branded as ‘SkyActiv-X’, meaning it’ll use Mazda’s massively complicated spark-controlled compression ignition technology. This allows for a much leaner burn, dropping both fuel usage and emissions.

Mazda Is Building An All-New N/A Straight-Six

It’s a longitudinally-mounted unit, and it will be developed alongside an inline-six ‘SkyActiv-D’ diesel engine. 48-volt mild hybrid technology will feature, and it looks as though a plug-in hybrid version is set to join the ranks.

As for that cars this stuff will be used in, we can’t be sure. Mazda may well be intending to take on the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes with a larger premium model.

It’ll be some time before we know more, but with a VW Golf GTI-battling hot hatch Mazda 3 on the way too, plus the market launch of SkyActiv-X happening soon, the Japanese firm is fast becoming a much more interesting company to observe than its larger rivals.



Finally something good

05/10/2019 - 14:13 |
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🎺🎺thank mr skeltal

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Mazda isn’t going to build an engine that’s objectively worse than any piston engine just because “it sounds good”.

05/14/2019 - 06:09 |
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RWB Dude

Thats some good news

05/10/2019 - 14:29 |
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Extreme Daniel

Hold on, has Mazda ever built a straight six? I only know of straight 4s and V6s. I like it though, maybe that brings a classic looking sedan with long hood or something.

05/10/2019 - 14:30 |
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05/11/2019 - 16:52 |
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Imagine if they go full BMW and squeeze their straight six into the Mazda 3 👀

05/11/2019 - 16:57 |
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Hamza Alam

straight 6 is the way to go

05/10/2019 - 14:30 |
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(prays for a new straight6 mild hybrid 6MPS)

05/10/2019 - 14:37 |
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Robert Homann

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

With awd or rwd

05/10/2019 - 15:18 |
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I wonder who’s gonna win in this diesel bet

Manufacturers either seem to be relying on them and developing new diesels (Audi, now Mazda)

Or completely scrapping them (Porsche, Volvo)

05/10/2019 - 15:12 |
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If this gonna happend, i hoping the RX9 Make the comeback. It’s doesn’t need the Rotary. It’s doesn’t aged well from a production perspective

05/10/2019 - 16:06 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

In the meantime, is a RWD version of the Atenza is a great idea? (Or Mazda6 for everyone)

05/10/2019 - 16:08 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

and RX without a rotary cannot be an RX, as RX stands for rotary sports

05/10/2019 - 21:27 |
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Rotary Fanboy

I just want a rotary

05/10/2019 - 16:23 |
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The new BMW

05/10/2019 - 16:58 |
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05/10/2019 - 17:24 |
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u put the sports car for the clicks

05/10/2019 - 17:25 |
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