We're not sure which cars will feature it, but a spokesperson has confirmed its arrival.
Mazda's all-new turbocharged 3.3-liter straight-six was introduced by the CX-60 crossover in the Australian market. This particular model will not be making its way to the USA, but the good news is that this very exciting engine will be. We don't quite know which car will feature it first. This is according to a company spokesperson in Australia speaking to Car Expert.
The unnamed spokesperson declined to comment on whether it would be placed under the hood of the upcoming CX-70 or CX-90 but did say that the inline-six specifications will be disclosed in due time.
The straight-six unit under the hood of the CX-60, despite being aided by the 48-volt mild-hybrid battery system, does not boast impressive power outputs. As per Mazda's claims, it is only good for 280 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. Granted, this is not a performance car, and Mazda's e-Skyactiv engine family prioritizes efficiency over performance.
This engine is almost directly related to the turbodiesel 3.3-liter straight-six e-Skyactiv D diesel unit which is currently rated for 251 hp and a more generous 406 lb-ft. Looking at its displacement and configuration, we have no doubts that there is more potential to be had from this engine. Perhaps some eager tuners will be hopping on board to see what they can extract when this powertrain arrives in North America.
The chances of this engine making its way into the CX-70 may be less likely as we already have information that it will feature the hybrid in-line four-cylinder unit. Bear in mind, that this crossover will have a longitudinal engine configuration, so there is still room to introduce the larger six-pot.
As for the CX-90, we would say that this engine is almost a certainty. The CX-90 aims to be the flagship of Mazda's Large Architecture-based crossover strategy which was launched by the current Mazda CX-50. This 3.3-liter turbo unit is currently the brand's flagship powertrain, so joining the two together really is a no-brainer. We expect this crossover to make an appearance by the end of this year, so an official answer should be revealed to us shortly.