Earlier this year, Mazda released the SKYACTIV®-X gasoline engine on the new Mazda3. Now, the automaker is collaborating with Toyota on a new inline six-cylinder SKYACTIV®-X engine.
Per The News Wheel, both manufacturers will use the engine on future production models. Mazda will likely incorporate it on the Mazda6, which is set for release sometime in 2022. Toyota will likely incorporate it on an unnamed, future four-door sedan model, though we’ll have to wait for more details on exactly which model that will be.
The newest partnership between Mazda and Toyota comes as no surprise considering the two companies’ past collaborations over the past few years. Per Forbes, the two OEMs joined forces in 2015 over long-term projects that will promote safety and fuel efficiency technologies. Two years later, in 2017, the duo enlisted the help of Japanese supplier Denso to develop electric-vehicle technologies.
We’ll have to wait a couple of more years to witness the upcoming inline six-cylinder SKYACTIV®-X engine that Mazda and Toyota are working on. In the meantime, we can expect both companies to continue to collaborate with Denso, as well as Lexus, on progressive projects that will advance green-energy and driverless-car technologies.
Give a head-nod to the blossoming partnership between Mazda and Toyota when you stop by El Dorado Mazda to experience the Mazda3’s SKYACTIV®-X engine for yourself. Or stop by to take another new Mazda model for a whirl.