Several Toyota and Lexus cars are believed to be adopting the rear-drive platform and inline-six engine currently being used by Mazda, with the first of these models arriving in 2022.
According to insiders, Toyota is planning to use the said Mazda platform on an upcoming model known to be the successor of its Mark X premium sedan. Lexus, meanwhile, is said to be considering the implementation of these parts on a new coupe that would be positioned between the brand’s RC and LC models.
Lexus is also reportedly looking to use the platform for a long time, for a new generation of vehicles that would succeed the upcoming Lexus IS and RC.
In a report to its investors earlier this year, Mazda was revealed to have included plans to develop an inline-six-cylinder engine using its Skyactiv-X technology. It also announced a plan to build a new architecture for large vehicles that would support rear- and all-wheel-drive models.
These plans fan the flames that Toyota and Mazda might have already reached an agreement to work together.
The two companies currently have an existing partnership to construct a $1.6 billion factory in Alabama where the new Toyota Corolla and Mazda crossover are set to be built. Additionally, the Yaris Hatchback also bears a striking resemblance to the Mazda 2.
This means that it would come as no surprise if they once again decide to collaborate on other upcoming models for either or both brands.
Toyota and Mazda have also been involved in rumors of a full merger, although executives from both companies denied the possibility.