Where some automakers are scaling back on choice and optimizing production to lower costs, Mazda is doing the opposite. Already the owner of a very credible range of engines, the Japanese car maker is adding two new six cylinder engines to its lineup.
One of the engines will be a gasoline engine and the other diesel. Both will be straight six and be used to bolster the current lineup of four cylinders. The 2.5-litre four cylinder in the current range of Mazda’s is very competent but there is a smoothness and reassuring purr of a six that cannot be overstated.
The new engines will also have the option to have a mild hybrid unit attached to them. It will have a 48v hybrid and a PHEV variant eventually but may not be available at launch. It is likely that the spectacular Mazda6 will have these new engines once design and development is complete.
It’s good to see an automaker embrace the straight six. It is mainly the Germans who still make them to the benefit of all their models. Soon Mazda will be able to offer the same.
The 2019 Mazda6 is one of my favourite sedans. It’s sleek, a little racy even in standard guise, drives exceptionally well and is safe too.
The design is very slick. A low front end with attractive lights and grille, rounded roof, attractive waistline and comfortable stance makes it a very nice car to look at. Inside, the quality is obvious from the materials and very tidy finishing. Head and legroom is generous, the driving position commanding and comfortable and the levels of technology can be very impressive.
Under the hood is a 2.5-litre four cylinder. In NA form, it is capable of 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. In turbo form it ups that to 250 hp. Both use either a six speed automatic or manual transmission. The straight six would do great things here even if both of these four cylinders work well.
Mazda cars are known for great handling and the 2019 Mazda6 is no different. It has poise, excellent balance and corners exceptionally well. The turbo engine pulls very well too.
The 2019 Mazda6 is safe as well. Rated five stars for safety overall, the 2018 was a Top Safety Pick. The car comes with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control as standard. There is the option to have a surround view camera too.
The 2019 Mazda6 is a touch of class without showing off. It’s a delight to drive and to own and you can see it in action at Mazda of Hamilton, 1977 Upper James Street Hamilton, ON L9B 1K8.