Mazda is within the midst of attempting to reinvent itself as a premium model, and plans revealed in a leaked investor relations doc counsel that the diminutive automaker plans to do battle with the phase’s German stalwarts on their house turf with at the least one rear-wheel-drive, inline-six-powered mannequin.
Fiscal 12 months March 2019 Monetary Outcomes discovered on Mazda’s personal web site and initially unearthed by Jalopnik define the automaker’s plans for the early-mid 2020s. Based on the doc, Mazda plans to spice up the quantity of income it brings in on each sale with its “new-generation lineup.” In brief, the purpose is to extend the typical sale worth of its upcoming fashions, each by barely rising the worth of its entry-level fashions, but in addition by introducing new high-end merchandise.
Mazda’s doc does not define precisely what its premium fashions will probably be, nevertheless it describes deliberate adjustments to its “massive structure.” Although rear-wheel-drive sedans aren’t essentially emblematic of upscale carmakers lately, Mazda may compete in that phase with a brand new platform referred to within the doc solely as “longitudinal engine structure.”
Automobiles with longitudinal engines are usually rear-wheel-drive, although Mazda says this platform can have elective i-Activ all-wheel-drive. Powering fashions on its new “massive structure” will probably be new, ultra-efficient engines, encompassing each hybrid and conventional combustion engines. Of the previous, there will probably be 48-volt gentle hybrids and plug-in hybrids, whereas the latter will consist of recent inline-six engines; certainly one of an developed Skyactiv-D diesel line, and the opposite, a six-cylinder model of Mazda’s bleeding-edge gasoline compression ignition, Skyactiv-X.
Mazda additionally outlines plans to meet up with the business on the quickly growing entrance of security help expertise and introduce an idea of Mazda Co-Pilot, beforehand described as an automatic driving operate, corresponding to Cadillac’s Tremendous Cruise or Tesla’s Autopilot. Electrical fashions are additionally on Mazda’s radar, some developed in coordination with its associate Toyota, but in addition at the least one “small structure” EV developed independently, one beforehand confirmed to not be a sports activities automotive.
Sadly for followers of Mazda’s quirky historic signature, the Wankel rotary engine, the presentation makes no reference of any sort to this engine structure. Tightening emissions rules have pressured Mazda to be noncommittal relating to the potential way forward for the rotary engine, whose sole position at current is as a candidate for electrical automotive “vary extenders” (onboard turbines).
“We’re excited to carry these powertrains to our future autos as we proceed on our path to premium,” defined a Mazda spokesperson to The Drive, confirming the automaker’s plans. “We all know our followers will probably be craving for extra particulars, nonetheless particular fashions, efficiency figures and market rollout will probably be disclosed at an acceptable time.”