Apr 26th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
The 2014 Mazda6 (concept car shown below) will only be available with a four-cylinder engine. That’s right, the zoom zoomiest midsize sedan will lose its six-cylinder option, according to Autoblog. The 2014 Mazda6 engine choices haven’t been officially announced, but a full suite of Skyactiv technology is expected, just like in the 2013 Mazda CX-5. Unfortunately the CX-5’s engine makes just 155-hp, not exactly impressive.
Mazda isn’t the first carmaker to eschew the V6 in a midsize car. The Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima are both four-cylinder only, but both also have a turbocharged four-cylinder with 274-hp. That’s a long way from the current Mazda6’s 170.
Without a V6 engine, Mazda will need to drop a turbocharged four-cylinder into the 2014 Mazda 6 (or…dare I dream… a rotary?). This might mean that Mazda is planning to drop the whole ‘sporty’ pretense they’ve been so married to, at least on their mainstream cars. It would be hard to claim that your cars zoom zoom when almost every competing car has an optional engine with 100 more horses under the hood.
Image via Autoblog.
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