Mazda's rotary engine is coming back, but not how you think it will
It's coming back with a twist.
Mazda unveiled the MX-30 in Japan back in 2019, a quirky electric car with bizarre styling, a cork interior, and the reintroduction of the rotary engine. A weird mix, isn't it?
As first reported from The Detroit Bureau, Mazda has announced their plans to bring the Mazda MX-30 to the United States. It's Mazda's first entry in the battery-powered game, and to be honest, it's a rather weak one.
On the surface, it produces weak amounts of everything. The horsepower count is only 144, and the range is a minimal 124-miles. However, that's for the all-electric model. What I think American buyers will be more interested is the hybrid model.
The hybrid model has lots of tricks up its sleeve. Though it will still be the electric-powertrain powering the hybrid batteries, what will serve as a range extender is the intriguing bit. It'll be a rotary engine. Yeah, that crazy engine last used in the Mazda RX-8.
It works exactly as it sounds: the rotary engine would power the electric powertrain. Mazda really is using the legendary rotary engine as a range extender to hybrid model of the MX-30.
And if the rotary-engine manages to make the range go up to beyond 200 miles, that could be a good look for Mazda's MX-30. And other than the poor range, what's not to love? You've got the same doors used on the Mazda RX-8, and one of the most unique SUV's you could ever own.
Mazda hasn't released their plans as to when they'll release the MX-30, though sometime next year sounds like a reasonable timeframe.