Many have wondered why Mazda does not offer all-wheel drive on its car lineup. Apparently it’s a question Mazda fields routinely, because the company is investigating ways of potentially offering power to all four wheels on its Mazda3 and Mazda6.
Speaking with CarAdvice on the sidelines of last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, CEO of Mazda North America Operations, Masahiro Moro says the company is investigating the idea. In fact, he says Mazda sees “huge” demand for all-wheel drive in North America.
However, there’s apparently a snag.
Moro says he believes the company has a layout issue that would prevent it from being able to offer all-wheel drive mated to the company’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This nugget of information seems to rule out the idea of the current Mazda6 getting all-wheel drive.
What Moro’s actions do suggest is that the next-generation products could finally get all-wheel drive. The first possible variant would be the new Mazda3, which is slated to launch next year.
Moro was also able to drop the claim that 80 to 90 percent of premium sedans sold in the U.S. are equipped with all-wheel drive. Given Mazda seems to be on a push to elevate itself to a premium brand, their obvious affinity for all-wheel drive makes a lot of sense.