Mazda’s New Turbocharged Engine Fits in the Mazda3 and Mazda6

Mazda’s New Turbocharged Engine Fits in the Mazda3 and Mazda6

The Mazda3 and Mazda6 could benefit from a turbocharged powerplant in the near future.

Sporting a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 debuted last year at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show with up to 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. And now Mazda has confirmed that the engine also fits in the Mazda3 and Mazda6, making it a candidate to inject more performance across the automaker’s lineup.

“It fits in a lot of our cars, and where we’re actually going to put it as another question,” Mazda North America vehicle development engineer Dave Coleman told Australia’s CarAdvice. “It fits in the same package as the diesel fits in, and the same package that the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter fits in. Basically, that big space we used for the bundle of snakes exhaust manifold, the turbo is in that space too. They’re all packaged to occupy the same space.”

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Unfortunately, Coleman also confirmed that Mazda hasn’t developed any prototype cars with the engine under the hood, simply saying that the company knows “where it fits.” The decision on whether the engine will be used on other models will be up to the product planners, but it’s a strong possibility, at least in the U.S. The current Mazda6 offers one engine: a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, and adding a turbocharged mill to the lineup would make it more enticing to shoppers looking for performance in the segment.

This news is sure to reignite rumors surrounding the next Mazdaspeed3, as this engine would be a perfect candidate for the hot hatch.

[Source: CarAdvice]

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  • Bug S Bunny

    But does it fit in the Miata?

  • alpha2beta

    Put it in the 3, 6, CX-3, CX-5. Why not.

  • smartacus

    return of Mazdaspeed can’t possibly be just a rumor.

  • craigcole

    This “news” is absolutely no surprise…

  • craigcole

    That’s the No. 1 question!

  • Jamisonjon

    Mazdaspeed6wagon… pleaaaase?

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  • Robert Ostrowski

    It should go in the 3 and the 6, like yesterday. And the cx 5, today. It fits in as the uplevel engine option, so why not?

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  • funambulistic

    I loved my ’13 Mazaspeed3 but my commute (50 miles round trip in stop-and-go traffic) was too much wear and tear on the engine/clutch/tires). I have a CX-3 now, but if Mazda injected a little more “Zoom-Zoom” via the turbo 2.5 in the 3 (not likely the CX-3 – engine compartment too small) and perhaps a DSG tranny, I would totally be on board! I swore to myself that I would never get an auto transmission, but I love the CX-3 slush box (with the paddle shifters) so I know they can do something upscale.

  • Grayz

    It even has 2 cup holders on top! Sweet!

  • Scrutinizer

    If you are going to make a compact car that can end up with a price tag north of $30,000, as is the case with the 3, you better have enough optional horsepower to take on the GTI, WRX, and the new Civic Si. The current 3 does not – a 3 with this engine will.

  • Kevin Ritchey

    Too bad the Miata doesn’t have more juice. It would certainly sell better.

  • Wayne Anderson

    Why in the great world would they not already be doing mule cars with this engine package? Prepping to take on the Focus ST, WRX STI, Fusion Sport, and Edge Sport is almost a foregone conclusion. Given that Ford, Subaru, and others are already racing to create a sport niche each of these segments, extending your time to be competitive in the market for those buyers by not doing the basic engineering prep while your marketing and finance wonks figure out the best niches to be profitable to go after market share is mind-boggling.

  • Jeffrey Kory Perez

    They have the horsepower to compete(and beat) a wrx or a gti.
    But they lack the all wheel drive. If they fix that the car will be a beast.

  • Joe Blo

    Focus RS FTW Do you live in a cave ?