The Sleuth has it on good authority that the next iteration of the automaker’s midsize sedan, expected for 2022, will be built on a new and longer (by a few inches) platform and will offer both rear and optional all-wheel-drive systems. In addition, the Mazda6 will be the recipient of an inline six-cylinder gasoline engine that uses a combination of compression-ignition technology (similar to a diesel engine) plus a 48-volt battery and electric motor that adds torque when needed, such as when launching from a stop and passing on the highway. The engine (called Skyactiv-X) is expected to produce about 350 horsepower and about the same number in pound-feet of torque. Styling will reportedly draw from the Mazda Vision Coupe concept.

The next Mazda6 will get its styling inspiration from the Vision Coupe concept, pictured. Expect the new Skyactiv-X engine that features compression-ignition technology. PHOTO: MAZDA

Major changes coming for the Mazda6 sedan: