Report: Next Mazda6 will drop V6 and adopt a 4-banger engine lineup

Mazda has confirmed that the company will drop the V6 engine from the next-generation Mazda6 lineup. The brand will offer a range of engines from its Skyactiv technology bin which includes direct-injection 4-cylinder engines.

“We believe that the balance of fuel economy and power that Skyactiv offers is what customers want,” a Mazda spokesman said.

The Mazda Skyactiv 4-cylinder engine makes 155-hp and 150 lb-ft of torque in the CX-5.

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The new Mazda6 will be based on the Takeri Concept, which made its U.S. debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

As the current model nears its end, the current Mazda6 is seeing a little sales boost. During the first three months of 2012, sales of the model are up 93.7 percent to 17,885 units. Mazda sold 35,711 units of the Mazda6 in 2011.

The next-generation Mazda6 will hit markets in early 2013.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoWeek