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The all-new Mazda CX-9 was revealed at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, debuting the company’s new SkyActiv-G 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. For those who are hoping that the mill will make its way into other models in Mazda’s line-up, good news ahead.

According to CarAdvice, who spoke with Mazda North America vehicle development engineer Dave Coleman at the Australian launch of the new CX-9, the new turbo engine can indeed fit in the Mazda 6 and 3 as well.

“It fits in a lot of our cars, and where we’re actually going to put it is another question It fits in the same package as the diesel fits in, and the same package that the naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre fits in. Basically, that big space we used for the bundle of snakes exhaust manifold, the turbo is in that space too. They’re all packaged to occupy the same space,” Coleman said.

The 2.5 litre turbo mill in the CX-9 churns out 250 hp and 420 Nm of torque when running on 93-octane petrol in the US, and 228 hp and 420 Nm when running on RON 91 petrol in Australia.

These figures certainly overshadow the naturally-aspirated 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G unit’s output of 185 hp and 250 Nm. The non-turbocharged engine is currently only available in the 6 and CX-5 SUV for the Malaysian market.

However, Coleman says the decision on which cars will get the newly developed engine is not his. “It’s up to the product planners to decide what they’re going to put it in. It’s exactly the same clearance as the exhaust manifold of the other engines. It fits. I’m not a product planner so I don’t get to make that call,” he said.