According to Japanese website Car Sensor, Mazda recently claimed that they might borrow a platform from Toyota, which they will use for the next generation Mazda6, so this can be given a rear-wheel drive option. But to make things even better, the chassis might underpin the production version of the RX-Vision concept as well.
As part of the move up market, the Japanese automaker will give the Mazda6 the rear wheel drive they are planning. But they will also change the design so it features a long nose and shorter front overhang, giving the sedan a more upscale look. As for the engine, the fourth generation Mazda6 will probably share the company’s Skyactiv X spark controlled compression engine, including the mild-hybrid system believed to be of the 48-volt flavour.
What’s very important for Mazda’s plan is to make sure that they continue to have a good relationship with Toyota. Currently, both automakers have entered a collaboration and they are developing a factory in the United States. They have also been sharing some commercial vehicles in Japan. Furthermore, both companies admit that sharing future platforms would be possible. The future Mazda6’s rear drive chassis will likely be the same as the future generation Lexus IS and GS, says Car Sensor.
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The only problem Mazda is facing today would be their timing. The Mazda6 is scheduled for a 2019 release, and Car Sensor thinks that the rear wheel drive may not happen by then. Rather, a rear-wheel drive variant may not be available until 2025 or so.
Other than the FR platform that it will get from Toyota, its backbone is anticipated to underpin the long awaited RX-9 sports car.
For more details on the Mazda6, stay tuned as we will get more updates during the Tokyo Motor Show in October. We also recently heard from Mazda regarding their plans to unveil a revised version of the rotary-powered RX-Vision coupe concept next month. Furthermore, sources say that the Japanese automaker has found a way to incorporate the Skyactiv X technology into a Wankel powerplant.
The Mazda6 was first introduced in 2012 and has been loved by many. It was then given a facelift for the 2016 model year, gearing up for an all-new generation that is expected to arrive between 2019 and 2020.
The current Mazda6 only comes with a four-cylinder V6 engine like its rivals, the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima. The current Mazda6 has a starting price of $21,945 for the Sport trim with a six-speed manual transmission, while the automatic version rises to $22,995. The range topping variant, or the Grand Touring trim with automatic transmission, starts at $30,695.