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Next-Gen Mazda 6 Switching to RWD Layout, Inline-Six Power

Discussion in 'Auto News & Rumors' started by Stéphane Dumas, Apr 14, 2020.

  1. Stéphane Dumas

    Stéphane Dumas Well-Known Member

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  2. Dave Z

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    Gonna be an issue for the Charger, I suspect.
     
  3. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    Could you elaborate? As it stands; the current Charger has no direct competition within the 'Detroit Three'. Mazda et al are still perceived as being 'foreign'.
     
  4. CherokeeVision

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    Mazda has always been the only Japanese brand of car I would consider owning. Honda, Toyota and Nissan have always turned me off for the most part.
     
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    The NEW charger will also have a straight six.
     
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  6. Mopar392

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    The next Mazda 6 should be a mid-sizer.
    But having a RWD mid-sizer that is below 30 geez is nice..
    The guys who should be worried are Nissan, Honda and Toyota, since all of them became appliances with even a CVT.
     
  7. Shane Estabrooks

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    right on ... Competition is healthy :D
     
  8. T_690

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    I thought that Lexus would use this platform.

    BTW, Mazda's MHEV tech is just 24 V.
     
  9. Dave Z

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    Most buyers do not restrict themselves to American cars
     
  10. Ryan

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    Yes, Lexus is rumored to use the inline-6 engine in the IS and RC.
     
  11. LouJC

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    Good news please deliver us from the boredom of terminally understeering FWD family cars with transverse V6 engines that are a horror show to work on for anything but a simple fluid changes. Isn't it interesting to note that a 5.7 Hemi V8 in a Charger or Challenger is easier to service than a V6 in a Pacifica? The same is true of any FWD car with a transverse mounted V6. They are all horrible to work on. (rear plugs, timing belts even drive belts, God forbid the oil filter is on the back of the engine).
    The Mazda will not compete with a V8 Charger. Different markets. If you like Japanese cars you usually don't buy a Charger, if you are sick of appliance like Japanese cars you like rear drive V8 vehicles with character.
     
  12. 77 Monaco Brougham

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    That assumes that recent world events don't result in the I-6 either being delayed or cancelled.
     
  13. Dave Z

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    At least now they have an excuse.
     
  14. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    Apparently; a lot of people agree with you, in that anything above a four banger's disappearing from FWD cars/CUV's as a group. Admittedly, today's Fours', especially combined with a multispeed/CVT tranny, can hold their own where raw power's needed.
     
  15. voiceofstl

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    what is wrong with N/S engine fwd,like the LH cars.
     
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    Agree. I loved my wife's Concorde. That was a great vehicle.
     
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  17. CherokeeVision

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    I loved the 3.3 in our 94 Vision because with the engine being north/south it was easy to work on.
    I hated 3.8 in my mother in laws 96 Grand Caravan because it was heck to work on.

    Our 09 Malibu has an inline 4. Not as bad as a V6.
     
  18. 77 Monaco Brougham

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    I always liked the LH series quite a lot.

    The only thing missing that it really could have used would have been a small V8...especially for the New Yorker / LHS.

    The LHS really should have sold a whole lot better, and I never really understood why it didn't.
     
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    Yeah that was a very good looking car. That was a very good era for designs from Chrysler.
     
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  20. Dave Z

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    Today, I'd want a turbo four...

    The problem with a V8 is Chrysler did not make one smaller than the 4.7, and that didn't really produce much more power than the 3.5, until it got the Hemi-style treatment ... and then it was way too big. To make the room for it would have been extremely expensive ($700 million to $2 billion guestimate range), and would have weighted down the car enough that the extra power would be moot. Also, front wheel drive... added power would have consequences in torque steer.

    I'd rather have seen them do the RWD option which it was designed for from the start. (and I do mean option - say 300C with RWD and LHS with FWD).
     

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