All-new platform expected to debut with new CX-5 next year
Australian Mazda execs speaking at MX-30 launch spoke about the vehicle
With the announcement of the end of the Mazda6 sedan, it looked like the much anticipated new Mazda platform with inline-six engines might not be coming. At least not to our market. Now, says a report from Australia, the new platform and engines could be coming as soon as next year underneath the next-generation CX-5 crossover.
Speaking at the launch of the Mazda MX-30 electric, the company’s Australian marketing and product director, Alastair Doak, hinted to Motoring about the plans.
“We can’t really answer specific model stuff, but I guess… what segment around the globe is the biggest? The answer would be ‘SUV’…” he said hinting about the plans.
During a presentation at the same event, managing director Vinesh Bhindi specifically named the Mazda CX-5 crossover as one of the vehicles that would use the new platform.
“Mazda continues to invest in high-efficiency combustion engines, with SKYACTIV-X, and the new generation straight-six engine family that will power our new-generation large-platform products, which is CX-5 and above.”
The CX-5 isn’t the oldest of the brand’s crossovers, though it’s not far from the same age as the CX-9. It’s also a much higher seller than the CX-9, which could help it make the transition first. The current CX-5 first went on sale in 2016, though it was more of an overhaul of the first-generation rather than all-new.
Mazda’s new inline-six will be a longitudinally-mounted engine, suggesting a rear-drive bias for the performance-oriented brand. It will offer a 48V mild hybrid system.
While the packaging of an inline engine in a small crossover could pose challenges, it should also play a part in helping the brand move upscale. It has already been taking steps toward that goal with styling and vehicle interiors.