The only other notable vehicle in the Mazda lineup that isn’t compatible with the all-new 2.5L turbo-four engine from the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is the subcompact CX-3, which is built upon the Mazda 2 platform.
Apart from that, the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 sedans as well as the CX-5 are all fit to carry the force induction mill. Well, this is not really a revelation, is it?
All three aforementioned models that are eligible each share the same 2.5L naturally-aspirated unit. For the Mazda 6, its is the only option available to buyers.
The turbo engine is most likely not going to be considered for the two sedans, as that would essentially mean bringing back the MazdaSpeed nameplate. Given how Mazda had recently responded to queries about its MPS program, that won’t happen for the foreseeable future.
As for the CX-5, however, the possibility could still be entertained. It currently delivers 184hp and 185lb-ft torque, so 250hp and 310lb-ft would definitely put a smile on the faces of interested car shoppers, though we believe that Mazda would readjust the output downwards.
If it happens, we could see the turbo-four show up as soon as the 2017 iteration of the CX-5. That is a generously optimistic outlook, so we’ll be happy with the next-gen model that may arrive in 2018 or 2019.