2014 Mazda6 to Ditch Two Cylinders; V-6 No More
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but yet it still is. According to a report from Automotive News, the 2014 Mazda6 will favor a four-cylinder engine, and won't even offer a V-6. Like many other automakers scrambling to meet new CAFE standards and federal emissions requirements, the automaker has championed efficient powertrains. At Mazda, that has taken shape in the automaker's Skyactiv technology—an all encompassing, nuts and bolts approach (literally, they've even changed the nuts and bolts) to its future offerings. Skyactiv engines and transmissions have done much of the leg work to improve fuel economy. We recently had the chance to experience the new fully Skyactiv 2013 CX-5, and came away impressed for the most part. While on the automatic transmission CX-5 models the engine felt underpowered at times, the fuel economy was shockingly close to EPA estimates. As for the Mazda6, Jeremy Barnes, a spokesperson for Mazda, said "I can't say there won't be a Skyactiv V-6 in the future, but there is no plan to offer one in Mazda6 at this time." It's also possible that the new Mazda6, which will be based off the Takeri concept, may adopt a Skyactiv diesel engine like the one in use in Japan and Europe, down the road. Source: Automotive News
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