Much has been said about the next generation Mazda CX-5. The best-selling model in the Japanese brand’s lineup is due for a major overhaul and a suspected prototype was tested in the United States in May.
But probably the biggest news about the next iteration of the crossover is that it will sit on a new platform and be powered by an inline-six engine. Through a presentation to reporters at Land Down Under, Mazda Australia Managing Director Vinesh Bhindi confirmed both.
“Mazda continues to invest in high-efficiency combustion engines, with SkyActiv-X, and the next-generation inline-six family of engines that will power our next-generation wide-platform products, namely CX- 5 and above, ”Bhindi said in a presentation to reporters, as reported by Australia Car sales.
Although confirmed, information on the new platform and inline-six engines is scarce at this time. A report released earlier this year said the automaker will begin production of six rear-wheel-drive in-line vehicles in early 2022. Diesel is expected to be retained, while hybrid models are also in the pipeline. Additionally, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive is also expected to make its way under the Mazda6 sedan.
However, none of that speculation has been confirmed, and the exact timing of the CX-5’s next launch has yet to be revealed. The other large Mazda vehicles are also due to be updated, which will also use the new platform.
But for what it’s worth, we can expect Mazda to prioritize the CX-5 in terms of development. The model was the automaker’s money generator, moving 361,051 units in 2020 despite the year marked by the pandemic. Giving the most popular model an update would make the most business sense.