There have been rumors about the upcoming 2025 Mazda 6 getting a new platform that accommodates rear wheel driving system. It may not be the regular Mazda and its platform anymore, but a replacement would be designed as the future replacement. However, it seems that they are just rumors as the auto maker immediately shut down the ongoing speculations. In fact, they even provide little more details about their work on progress. Even if they aren’t going to make the replacement, there is a possibility that they are planning something new – and hopefully, more exciting.
The Auto Maker’s Plan
As it was mentioned before, the company has stated that there won’t be any Mazda 6 replacement with a new platform supporting rear wheel driving system. In Australian market alone, Mazda will still offer the 6 as long as the vehicle is made available and the market still accommodates it. However, there has been talks that the global future for the nameplate may not hold up as long as they have expected it.
With the auto maker pouring down cold water over the rumor of new Mazda 6’s Large platform, they made an official confirmation that they only have 4 SUV models with the CX60, CX70, CX80, and also CX90. This official confirmation was made by Mitsuru Wakiie, the company’s program manager for CX9, CX5, and CX90. He is the entire manager to the CX90 program, while every Large Platform model has its own manager that reports to the platform’s entire manager.
The Confusing Platform
The rumor about 2025 Mazda 6 replacement isn’t the only confusing thing about the model. Japanese media have reported the (suggested) development work for the Large Platform basis for Mazda 6, but later, Best Car Web in July 2022 stated that such a model won’t be offered or coming at all.
If there is a new model, auto enthusiasts state that it would be more premium and promising than the current model, which may likely result in the competitive ‘battle’ that deals with Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, and also Genesis G70. With the absence of Large Platform layout, Mazda would likely use the already existing front wheel driving system. Or they may even develop a completely new platform altogether.
However, many experts predict that the option to develop a completely new platform isn’t likely. It’s because Mazda has a sharper focus. Plus, the SUV is gaining more popularity than before. The Japanese auto market has been known for its strong market base for sedan, but the interest for sedans has been reducing. Mazda also has a manufacturing plant in China (where they also have the market). But then again, the Chinese market prefers the SUVs more to sedans, which make the numbers drastically reduced.
Powertrain and Performance
If the new Mazda 6 is being made, the company makes sure that they will update the auto 6 speed transmission, creating a more exciting feel and also a direct (upshift) response. At the same time, they want to increase accelerator’s reactive force to provide intuitive and direct connection to the torque.
Expect updated powertrain too. Details are still limited, but the four cylinder turbocharged unit with 2.5 liter capacity would get around 3 kW power bumping, resulting in 173 kW of power. There is a possibility that some of the markets with turbocharged units would be discontinued or disappearing. Australian and New Zealand market would still get the powertrain, although the same plan may not happen in Japanese market. However, Japanese market still gets diesel twin turbo unit with 2.2 liter capacity. We still don’t know much about the future of 2025 Mazda 6, so it’s always better to sit and wait for their official release.