Speaking to media at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show, president and CEO of Mazda North America Operations, Masahiro Moro said that huge demand in the US for all-wheel drive variants of the Mazda 3 and 6 have driven the brand to investigate overcoming the current platform limitations.
"I think we are not able to combine four-wheel drive and the 2.5-litre turbo. We have a layout issue with the sedans, that's why a four-wheel drive isn't deployed on the Mazda 3 and 6 so far," Moro said.
"But there is a huge demand, at least what I know is that in the east coast of the USA, 80 or 90 per cent of premium sedans are sold with all-wheel drive."
"Four-wheel drive becomes a premium queue for US consumers and obviously I have asked our R&D department to think about how we can accommodate four-wheel drive capability in the future," said Moro.
The platform limitation rules out all-wheel drive variants of the facelifted 2.5-litre Mazda 6 sedan and wagon. But, it also means that we could potentially see this combination employed in the future, given Mazda's push towards a premium brand and vehicle offering.