The new platform is designed to accommodate an inline 6-cylinder engine, paired to either a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive transmission, and will be compatible with multiple levels of electrification including plug-in hybrid and 48V mild-hybrid.
The new FR platform is often mentioned alongside the next generation Mazda 6 but latest reports suggest that the first model to debut with this new platform will be an SUV.
Some sources also indicate that the next-generation Mazda CX-5 will be switching to an inline 6-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive, with its sights aimed at the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
To be sold alongside the CX-5 will be the coupe-ish CX-50, analogous to the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLC Coupe, as well as the BMW X3 and X4.
CX-5 (current gen)
Preliminary specifications published by Best Car Web suggests that the CX-50 will be powered by a 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder engine making 300 PS and 340 Nm, with an estimated price of between JPY 3 million to 4 million.
For reference, the Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo is currently sold in Japan for JPY 3.9 million (2WD variant). That doesn’t sound quite right but since these are just preliminary information, don’t read too much into it yet.