The Mazda3, Mazda6 and basically any model using the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter can pack in the turbo version in the near future, according to the latest report.
Mazda6 fans could soon have the option of choosing the automaker’s 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder on the sedan – with the engine also becoming a distinct possibility for the Mazda3 and Mazda MX-5 as well. The engine made its way inside the 2017 CX-9 first, where it packs 227 horsepower (169 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) of torque, with reviews coming in stating the turbo lag is just a mere memory here. “It fits in the same package as the diesel fits in, and the same package that the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter fits in,” commented recently Mazda North America engineer Dave Coleman. “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.” On the other hand, he did mention the company’s top brass hasn’t made any decision about treating any other model to the turbo mill just yet.
Mazda for now uses a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine for the Mazda6, Mazda3, CX-5, as well as the Chinese-exclusive CX-4. The mill delivers 184 hp (137 kW) and 185 lb-ft (250.8 Nm) in a regular configuration – linked to a six-speed manual gearbox or a six speed automatic transmission. It also appears that Mazda doesn’t even have any test cars fitted to the turbo powerplant just yet, according to Coleman. And if they do appear they won’t be wearing the MPS badge as well, because the performance division has been in the shades as of late.