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2022 Will Stir the Winds of Change as Mazda Begins to Reinvent Itself

Mazda has a lot of plans for the next decade, and this is what you need to know.

Despite churning out some pretty decent products, Mazda has been a bit of a dark horse lately. We haven’t heard for some time from the Japanese automaker, which hints at something being cooked. And indeed, Mazda has made a big announcement for 2022. The brand has already taken steps towards becoming more upscale than before and, right now, they have a complete lineup of good-looking and upscale models, powered by a variety of efficient and potent powertrains. Now, it’s preparing to a new strategy leading up to 2030.

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2022 Will Stir the Winds of Change as Mazda Begins to Reinvent Itself
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Mazda has announced a strategy by 2030, and it is focused on sustainability. The Skyactive X engine family will continue to be refined for even greater efficiency, while new inline-six engines will join them. “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030,” as the new Mazda policy is called, also involves Mazda’s electrification technologies as part of the “SKYACTIV Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture”, used in transversely-mounted powertrains in smaller models as well as in longitudinally mounded powertrains in larger models.

The inline-six engines were initially believed to have been sourced from BMW, through Toyota’s partnership with both brands. However, the diagrams reveal that they are completely different from the BMW units. Both the gasoline and diesel inline-six engines will be mated to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

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Moreover, both drivetrains will share a lot of components, which would save Mazda some money. The diesel unit is reportedly a 3.3-liter unit co-developed with Lexus, while details for the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six gasoline unit are even scarcer at this point.

The same longitudinal, rear-wheel-drive layout will also be found in Mazda’s new plug-in-hybrid, which will feature a 2.0 or 2.5-liter turbocharged Skyactive X inline-four unit. The interesting thing here is that, instead of an E-rear axle, the electric motor is positioned between the engine and gearbox, while a driveshaft is transferring torque to the rear.

In addition, Mazda is working on its own EV platform, which aims to be completed by 2025. It is largely believed that the “Skyactive EV scalable architecture” will share a lot with Toyota’s e-TNJA platform.

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Products based on Mazda’s “Skyactive Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture” will debut between 2022 and 2025 and will include five hybrid models, five plug-in hybrids, and three EV models.

Some of these models are expected to feature Toyota’s hybrid system, focused around a 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-four unit.

Considering the strategy’s deadline of 2030, and the above-mentioned debuts, we can deduct that Mazda, like many other carmakers, is gradually transitioning towards electrification. In the period 2025-2030, we expect Mazda to announce even more EV models.

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Sadly, Mazda’s new policy doesn’t mention the much anticipated next-generation Mazda 6, which was delayed and there’s even more mystery surrounding the supposed sportscar Mazda is said to be working on. Some of the last reports surrounding the "RX-9" talked about Mazda trying to improve its rotary engine design. At this point, we can only hope that the future of Mazda can accommodate a sportier model.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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