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Are there big changes planned for the 2018 Mazda6?

Will the Mazda6 get a turbo option?

Do you want more power in the Mazda6? Will the Mazda6 get a turbo option? We have answers. Mazda is very particular about how they design their engines. Other manufacturers will just slap a turbo on an off-the-shelf engine and call it good, but not Mazda. Instead, when Mazda builds a turbocharged engine, it needs to be designed from the ground up with that in mind.

2018 Mazda CX-9 cutaway engine viewWhy doesn’t the Mazda6 have a turbo as an option?

Luckily, Mazda has already built just such an engine for the Mazda CX-9, and starting with the 2018 model year, the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from the 7-passenger SUV will be available in the Mazda6. This engine will not be replacing the current 2.5-liter Mazda6 engine, but will instead be an available option.

We don’t have all the figures yet, as details from Mazda are still sparse. We do know that the performance specifications for the turbo engine on the Mazda CX-9 are 227 horsepower (250 horsepower with premium gas) and 310 pound-feet of torque.

The mpg numbers that this engine gets on the Mazda CX-9 are 22-city mpg and 28-highway mpg. Keep in mind though, that these figures are for this engine when it’s pushing around a much larger and heavier vehicle. You can expect even better numbers to be achievable with the 2.5-liter turbo equipped Mazda6.

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Mazda 2-5-liter trubo engineWhich Mazda6 trims will have a turbo for 2018?

Currently, it is unknown which trims will get the 2.5-liter turbo engine. It is possible that Mazda could add a new trim to the top of the lineup for this purpose, or they could simply make it an optional feature.

Going by the Mazda3 as an example, the Mazda6 could keep the naturally aspirated engine at the base Sport trim and go for the turbo engine at the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. All of this remains to be seen, but more information should be revealed soon.

Does the Mazda6 employ cylinder deactivation?

Just because the Mazda6 is getting a new engine doesn’t mean the naturally aspirated engine option will be ignored. In fact, for 2018 the 2.5-liter 184 horsepower engine will add cylinder deactivation. This can increase the already impressive efficiency, especially at highway speeds.

Read More: What are the 2018 Mazda CX-3 engine options?