All-new Mazda 6: RWD, double wishbone and multi-link suspension makes it a 4-door MX-5
Jason · Jun 18, 2021 05:00 PM
As the all-new 2022 Mazda 6 sedan moves closer and closer to seeing light of day, Mazda has shared with us a glimpse of what the underpinnings look like. The company has also today revealed outlined its Sustainable Zoom Zoom 2030 product plan, where we get a first look at the all-new platform's hardware.
It's no secret that Mazda aspires to move upmarket, and as such have developed an all-new inline-six cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive chassis to do so. Additionally, in this reveal it's paired with a 48-Volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) system. This is indeed part of Mazda's plan to fully-electrify its offerings electrified in some capacity come 2030.
Mazda is also looking at a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain, one that will utilise a four-cylinder petrol engine, mounted longitudinally in this new platform. A six-cylinder mild hybrid is being tabled as well.
Mazda's all-new platform is ready for all-wheel drive applications as well, as illustrated in the platform diagram. This layout is remeniscent of German sports sedans like the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series, which are traditionally rear drive but are ready for AWD applications.
What is even more intriguing is the suspension set up. The front suspension looks very much like a double wishbone architecture, while the rears appear to be multi-link. This bodes well for the ride and handling dynamics of the all new Mazda 6. Just as well, because Mazda cars have a reputation to uphold in this department.
We expect more details to come our way as Mazda continues to unpack more information about the all-new Mazda 6, and with it the platform and running gear. Stay tuned!