Last month Mazda’s North American president and CEO revealed that the automaker is thinking about offering all-wheel drive versions of the Mazda3 and Mazda 6, but that the current models won’t actually fit the hardware that’s needed. Well that may or may not be true, since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently published crash test results for the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the 2018 Mazda6.
Last month Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s North American president and CEO stated, “I think we are not able to combine four-wheel drive and the 2.5-liter turbo. We have a layout issue with the sedans. That’s why a four-wheel drive isn’t deployed on the Mazda 3 and 6 so far.”
Mazda revealed the refreshed 2018 Mazda6 a few months ago at the LA Auto Show, but the only powertrain upgrade that it announced is the introduction of the turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder. At this Mazda hasn’t made any announcements about an all-wheel drive Mazda6. Either way, maybe we’ll find out when the 2018 Mazda6 arrives in March.