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More Powerful, Turbocharged Mazda6 Likely, No Speed3

Driving Matters Mazda6 Times Square Mesh Board South, Image: Mazda USA

Our own Timothy Cain was smitten after spending a week with the midsize Mazda6. It’s a hard vehicle to hate. With its sexy, sculpted sheetmetal, it’s one of those cars you turn back to look at after you park it.

But the Mazda6, even with its willing chassis and sporting demeanor, is still missing many ingredients, one of them power. Call it the Miata Effect, or simply realize that Mazda doesn’t have its own V6 to stuff under the Mazda6’s long hood. Mazda’s midsize sedan isn’t nearly close to the most powerful option in the segment.

That may change though thanks to the Mazda CX-9 and its 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

According to CarAdvice, the new 2.5-liter turbo powerplant, which pumps out 227 horsepower and 310 lbs-ft of torque, fits in models below the CX-9 thanks to clever packaging of the turbocharger and exhaust manifold.

“It fits in a lot of our cars, and where we’re actually going to put it is another question,â€� David Coleman, Mazda North America’s vehicle development engineer told the Australian outlet.

“It fits in the same package as the diesel fits in, and the same package that the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre fits in. 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,� he said.

And while the same turbocharged engine fits in the Mazda3, don’t get your hopes up.

“The performance vehicles of Mazda3 and other models, we don’t have plans at the moment,” said Mazda global president and CEO Masamichi Kogai in October. “So we have to really have one best model,â€� he said in reference to a new rotary sports car.

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