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New 2016 Mazda CX-9 has a 2.5-liter Turbo - MazdaSpeed3?

The big Mazda news from the LA Auto Show is a new engine. Sadly the news is that it is going into the wrong vehicle.

Here at Torque News we like to offer facts along with some opinions or topics for consideration. Last night’s news that the all-new Mazda CX-9 will have a new engine is interesting to us, but not because we think a large, three-row crossover will benefit from a four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Rather, it will do fine we suppose, but so would any 3.0-liter or larger modern V6. We have not seen any proof that smaller turbos are more fuel efficient in mid-size SUVs. However, they sure do make compact cars go like stink.

Mazda’s new engine is a rather large four-cylinder turbo in terms of displacement at 2.5-liters. Called the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, he new engine was developed alongside the 2.5-liter normally aspirated engine found in the Mazda6 according to the Mazda press information. Like every single turbo engine ever launched by any automaker (ever), Mazda promises, “It delivers exceptional catalog and real-world fuel economy, excellent response without turbo lag.” We’ll believe it when we drive it. To counter the lag that comes with all turbocharged engines, Mazda says it is the first automaker to offer matched exhaust gas pulsing. The new buzzword for this is Dynamic Pressure Turbocharging.

Creating a surprisingly low 227 hp, but with 310 ft-lb of torque at a relatively high for a turbo 2,000 RPM, the engine is designed to provide “linear and powerful acceleration in the low- to mid-rpm range where CX-9 drivers spend the vast majority of their time.” It should be noted that every driver, of every vehicle, spends the majority of their time in the low to mid RPM ranges.

A new Mazda CX-9 is good news for the company. Every automaker needs to have a great vehicle in this very competitive category. We hope that Mazda’s CX-9 is successful. We also hope Mazda drops this new 2.5-liter turbo into a newly designed MazdaSpeed3. Now that Mazda has a workable, compact all-wheel drive system (from the CX-3) and a powerful engine, it has all the ingredients it needs. Please don’t forget the manual 6-speed Mazda.

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Yes Mazda.... Listen to this article.... Mazdaspeed 3 AWD, before all your current MS3 customers defect.
There isnt much rumor on the mazdaspeed 3, so im happy to find this! Keep the rumormill on MS3 alive! They will need some serious tuning on this power plant to hang w the new Ford RS. I hope it happens. I need something as fast as an RS BUT more upscale. The Golf R is too slow. The MS3 is poised to give the best of both! Bring it Mazda, i need a new hot hatch next year!
You are correct on the 227 hp, but that's on regular unleaded 87. On premium, it'll put out 250 hp. The same torque will be available with either fuel choice.
Mazda is painting itself into small corner with only 4 cyl engines throughout it's offerings. Even with supercharging, additional cylinders still offer enough panache to get customers onto showroom floor.
Yeah, horses are important, but driving experience is more important. Focus RS got it right. AWD and up to 70% to rear axle. Do it for me, Mazda!
The low power output in the detriment for a very good mir range punch is fine for an SUV, remember the CX7 with automatic transmission which had a smaller turbo on the 2.3DISI-T and was making peak power at 5000rpm, it still was a quick family SUV (the MT version had the K04 turbo which was the same in 3/6MPS Mazdaspeed 3/6). Now, to make it right, Mazda has to add hydraulic steering and dual injection in the Mazdaspeed 3/6. If they can tune the AWD system to be similar with what the FocusRS will have then we're set, we'll have another iconic car pleasant to drive.
2.5 liter turbo all wheel drive with a price under 32,000 and with auto and Manuel would be dope they would be selling so many if it was auto with dual clutch