According to Mazda’s engineers, the brand is apparently considering placing a new 2.5-liter turbo in the Mazda6 sedan and wagon. The new turbo engine recently launched in the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9, but Mazda has been quick to note that it will fit in the Mazda6 too.
Speaking with CarAdvice Mazda North America vehicle development engineer Dave Coleman stated that the turbo engine fits in both Mazda6 and the smaller Mazda3. He noted that the engine was designed to consume the same footprint as the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter. Mazda was able to accomplish this by fitting the turbo where all of the exhaust manifold hoses are on the non-turbo 2.5.
In the CX-9, the 2.5-liter turbo generates a respectable 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Needless to say, this engine would provide a healthy boost over the Mazda6’s current 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque.
Perhaps it comes as no surprise Mazda was unwilling to confirm that the engine would for-sure migrate over to the Mazda6. Instead the engineer deferred the decision his product planning co-workers.
“It’s up to the product planners to decide what they’re going to put it in,” he said. “It’s exactly the same clearance as the exhaust manifold of the other engines.”
Given Mazda’s athletic demeanor and insistence that the turbo will fit, it’s probably safe to assume this will find its way to the 6’s option list. The remaining question will be if this engine yields a Mazdaspeed6 or just a more powerful Mazda6.