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Mazda Reportedly Has New RWD Models in the Pipeline

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To produce non-premium vehicles with luxurious interiors. 

This seemed to be Mazda’s mission as it continues its efforts to come up with models worthy of competition among premium European brands. A few examples are the new Mazda 3 and CX-30 models, which feature classy cabins that are unheard of for non-premium models.

As it turns out, the two models are just the tip of the iceberg. Mazda is said to be working on an entire lineup of cars that could rival high-end vehicles—and it doesn’t stop at the interiors.

According to a report by Best Car Web, one model that is currently under development is the all-new Mazda6 scheduled to arrive in March 2022. Not much is known about the sedan except that it will switch to a rear-wheel-drive configuration and be powered by an inline-six engine.

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Mazda is creating cars that can compete with premium European brands, as evidenced by the new Mazda6 scheduled to arrive in March 2022. | Source: Mazda

The 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine includes Mazda’s SkyActive-X technology with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition, as well as a supercharger and a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. It can deliver nearly 300 horsepower with a consumption of just around 35 mpg. If these numbers translate to actual figures, it is expected to make heads turn as soon as the sedan is released.

On top of the Mazda 6, the new CX-5 SUV is also reportedly in the works and is planned for a 2023 launch. It will feature the same RWD layout and inline-six engine as the Mazda 6, plus an optional all-wheel-drive.

Positioned just below the CX-5 is the next-generation CX-3, which is scheduled to arrive in June 2022. It will also feature the SkyActiv-X technology albeit with a smaller 1.5-liter engine.

So far, it’s unclear when all of these models will be available at dealerships in the United States, but by the looks of it, Mazda’s future seems promising.

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