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patents show some inline 6 info (integrated exhaust manifold) and an 8 speed auto. hopefully these aren't far from production. I've said this before, their automatics are good, but only 6 in a market with many 8-10 speeds does make it look behind the times. An inline 6 would provide more power and refinement for a large sedan and SUV/X-over.

https://www.motor1.com/news/396805/mazda-patent-six-cylinder-eight-speed/

 

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Very cool, I like the original news site, translated as they have so many pictures to look at and very clear engineering info enough to state what it is. I can see this happening sooner rather than later.

https://super.asurada.com/cars/mazda/2020/58180/

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Interesting... makes me wonder if they are also developing RWD models (beyond the MX-5).   A straight 6 is a bit long for a transverse FWD application.. 

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