Any vehicle with the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre can fit the turbo version.
Mazda6 buyers might soon have the brand’s 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder as an option for their sedan, and there’s a possibility the engine could arrive in models like the Mazda3 and CX-5, too. The mill debuted in the 2017 CX-9 with 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, and we said it felt powerful with only a hint of turbo lag during our First Drive.
“It fits in the same package as the diesel fits in, and the same package that the naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre fits in,” Mazda North America engineer engineer Dave Coleman told CarAdvice. “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.” However, he cautioned that the company’s product planners have yet to make a final decision about whether to install the engine elsewhere.
Mazda’s 2.5-litre naturally aspirated is currently available in vehicles like the Mazda6, Mazda3, CX-5, and the China-only CX-4. The powerplant makes 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque in most tunes. Depending on the model and trim level, customers can often get it with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Don’t look forward to seeing another turbocharged Mazda too soon because the automaker doesn’t even have test cars with the new engine yet, Coleman tells CarAdvice. Normal auto development timeframes usually require years for a new vehicle to come to market. If the powerplant arrives in an upcoming model, don’t expect it to wear the Mazdaspeed or MPS badges, either, because the company currently has these performance brands on the backburner. Mazda wants to eventually revive the concept as a competitor to M at BMW or Mercedes-AMG.