The media site from Down Under recently spoke with Mazda North America vehicle development engineer Dave Coleman, who acknowledged that the CX-9’s engine âfits in the same package as the diesel fits in, and the same package that the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter fits in. Basically, that big space we used for the bundle of snakes exhaust manifold, the turbo is in that space, too. Theyâre all packaged to occupy the same space.â
We reached out to a representative at Mazda, who refused to comment on future U.S.-market plans for the turbo four, which we’ve characterized as diesel-like in its beefy torque delivery at low revs. Nevertheless, we did receive confirmation that the CX-9’s engine shares its basic block with a number of other Mazda engines. While we can’t verify thatÂ the CX-9’s turbocharged engine will be installed in other vehicles such as the Mazda 3Â compact sedan and hatchback,Â the Mazda 6 mid-size sedan, or the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover, we can say with near certainty that, yes, the CX-9’s 250-horsepower powerplant would fit within their engine bays.
Given that the engine produces 310 lb-ft of torque at just 2000 rpm in the CX-9, we can only hope that Mazda considers pairing itÂ with all-wheel drive if itÂ decides to offer the turbo four in theÂ smaller and lighterÂ 3, 6, or CX-5. A Mazdaspeed badge might not hurt, either.