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by Paul A. Eisenstein | May 10, 2019


Mazdomain authority is finishing up a "Large Architecture," like the one that underpinned the 2017 Vision Coupe Concept.

For such a small company, Mazda has had a history of coming up with lots of creative powertrain giải pháp công nghệ, from its original rotaries to lớn the lademo Skyactiv-X that manages to lớn combine some of the best attributes of a diesel & a gas engine. Now, it appears, the Hiroshima-based manufacturer is busy working on an inline-six thiết kế that could be powered both by gas & diesel.

Considering the size and design of Mazda’s current line-up, that might seem an odd choice, however. With the exception of the MX-5 Miata, the automaker’s products have sầu been designed lớn use shorter powertrains that work in a transverse, or east-west, configuration, rather than the longitudinal, or north-south, layout that would be required with a longer inline-six engine.

That would suggest that Mazdomain authority has another surprise coming, và it appears to lớn be a production car based on what is being referred lớn as the “Large Architecture,” a platform that could be used for a bigger hàng hóa than any in the current portfolio. And that immediately brings khổng lồ mind Mazda’s recent Vision Coupe Concept.

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More typically associated with mainstream segments, with products like the Mazda6 sedan and CX-5 crossover, Mazda has long harbored a desire to be a more full-line manufacturer, & even khổng lồ push up into luxury space. Back in the early 1990s, it went so far as lớn mix up an entirely new high-line brand, much lượt thích Hyundẻo has done with Genesis. But what was going to be called Amati was scrapped in 1993, shortly before it actually came khổng lồ market.

The Mazdomain authority Vision Coupe -- or something as large -- would use a longitudinal engine and rear-drive sầu.

In the typical fashion of its parent, Amati was going lớn bring us a rather unusual engine thiết kế – beating Volkswaren lớn the punch by a number of years with a W-12 package that essentially bolted together the guts of three four-cylinder engines, or as a Japanese publication of that era described it, a “triple-four compact 12 cylinder” engine.

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Wisely, Mazdomain authority isn’t working on anything nearly as exotic, expensive – or fuel-consuming – today. Instead, according to lớn various reports in Jalopnik và Autoblog, and validated by Mazda, it is working on an inline-six that would likely be a stretched, modular version of its current four-cylinder Skyactiv-X gas and Skyactiv-D diesel engines.

Obviously, that adds a fair bit of length to lớn the existing powertrains, which is why they would have sầu to operate in longitudinal khung. And one might ask why Mazda would want to lớn take that approach, especially since that would also require shifting from the front-wheel-drive of its current vehicle line-up.

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It appears that the automaker is moving ahead with plans khổng lồ build a larger platsize that what currently underpins its product portfolio, something referred to as the “Large Architecture.”


The new I-6 is expected to lớn basically add two more cylinders lớn Mazda's Skyactiv-X và -D engines.

We first got a sense that this might be in the works at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show where Mazdomain authority revealed the striking Vision Coupe Concept. It took its design cues from the smaller Kai Concept that also debuted in the Japanese capital that year, with a long, low snout and gentle, albeit deep, scalloping on its sides that gave the show oto a sensually sinister appearance. From nose-on, the Vision Concept was almost all hood, with slits carved out lượt thích a shaved billet for the headlights. The grille was the familiar Mazdomain authority trapezoid, albeit a bit larger, with a thin lower intake running from corner khổng lồ corner & giving the car a sense of menacing width.

It should be noted that the 2017 Vision Coupe Concept carried over many of the themes of the Mazda RX-Vision Coupe of two years prior, signaling that the automaker was finally abandoning all hope of returning to production a rotary engine.

In a world that continues to lớn grow ever more crossover-crazy, one has lớn ask if there is room for a vehicle like the Mazda Vision Coupe. We’re still seeing some elegant luxury sedans and coupes come to lớn market, as BMW has just proven with the rebirth of the 8-Series. But, in today’s world, flexible architectures could be – and typically are – used for multiple models, so that could mean a future CUV or some other set that would justify the expense of developing the big platsize.

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Mazda was developing an unusual W-12 engine to lớn power its ultimately abandoned Amati line.

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Speaking of BMW, meanwhile, the automaker is one of a handful to lớn still use a longitudinally mounted I-6 engines, along with Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Lvà Rover – and, most recently, Toyota. That Japanese giant opted to go with a version of a BMW-derived inline-six for its new Supra.

Tetsuya Tada, the chief engine for the new sports car, told us at a drive sự kiện this week that he made the admittedly controversial decision, rather than tapping Toyota’s extensive toolbox, because an I-6 has “perfect balance.”

So, what does Mazda have in store? We’ll have sầu khổng lồ wait. For now, we can only go by what they told Autoblog, “We’re excited to lớn bring these powertrains to our future vehicles as we continue on our path lớn premium. We know our fans will be yearning for additional details, however specific models, performance figures & market rollout will be disclosed at an appropriate time.”

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