The managing director of Mazda Australia has said that the Mazda CX-5 could be more popular if it was given the turbocharged four cylinder petrol engine from the Mazda CX-9.

He was speaking out at the media launch of the MX-5 RF last week and revealed that the company may add more than equipment to the flagship variants. He said that in the Mazda 6 there were only petrol and diesel, if they introduced another engine above them it would set apart the higher and lower grades.

He went on to say that the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda 6 could give up the 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine and take on the force-fed one from the new Mazda CX-9. The last time that the Mazda 6 range offered the turbocharged petrol engine was almost a decade back. This was with the all-wheel drive top of the range MPG with the 2.3 litre offering 190kW/380Nm.

The Mazda CX-9 170kW/420Nm 2.5 litre turbocharged petrol four cylinder would of course be the logical choice for the Mazda CX-5. However it wouldn’t mean bringing back the MPS badge due to the fact that it’s not a performance engine.

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