Last week Mazda revealed the refreshed 2018 Mazda6 sedan, which now gets the same turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder as the CX-9 crossover. With the arrival of the new engine, some have wondered if Mazda could add its all-wheel drive system to the Mazda6 as well, but according to Mazda an all-wheel drive system won’t fit in the current Mazda6.

2018 Mazda6
2018 Mazda6

Masahiro Moro, Mazda’s North American president and CEO revealed to Australia’s CarAdvice, “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.”

The clue here is “so far” since Mazda is looking at the possibility of adding all-wheel drive to the next-generation Mazda3 and Mazda6.

2018 Mazda6
2018 Mazda6

“But there is a huge demand, at least what I know is that in the east coast of the USA, 80 or 90 percent of premium sedans are sold with all-wheel drive,” Moro stated. “Four-wheel drive becomes a premium cue for U.S. consumers, and obviously, I have asked our R&D department to think about how we can accommodate four-wheel drive capability in the future.”

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