The 2017 LA Auto Show just ended, and everyone is still left in awe after seeing Mazda’s new sedan. The new sedan was completely revamped and it looks so much better than the previous model. First off, Mazda 6’s exterior has been tweaked out to look more “menacing” and a premium trim level has been added but that’s not all. The upcoming Mazda sedan is also going to be available with a brand-new optional turbocharged engine.

New Mazda 6

Regarding the new turbocharged engine, Mazda confirmed that it will put out 310 lb-ft of torque. This is quite impressive, but it does beg the question if new Mazda 6 model will ship with all-wheel drive. Considering how powerful the new engine is, we shouldn’t be surprised to find out that next year’s Mazda 6 will feature an all-wheel drive mode.

All-Wheel Drive

Even though the huge engine is more than capable of powering Mazda 6 through an all-wheel drive mode, Masahiro Moro who is Mazda’s North American president and CEO said that this is not going to happen. This is exactly what Masahiro Moro had to say about implementing an all-wheel drive mode on Mazda 6: “I think we are not able to combine four-wheel drive ant the 2.5-liter 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.”

Next-Generation Mazda 6

From what we can see, Mazda’s CEO is showing that he wants a Mazda sedan to feature all-wheel drive mode. However, the car’s design makes this impossible. This leads us to believe that Mazda might want to completely change the layout and introduce a new chassis which will allow them to implement an all-wheel drive mode which makes use of the 2.5-liter turbo engine’s full capacity.