Mazda's rotary engine is coming back, but not how you think it will

It's coming back with a twist.

6d ago

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.

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Comments (32)

  • but why a rotary engine tho? they are not particularly economical so it won't extend the range that much. Wouldn't a conventional engine be a better pick?

      6 days ago
    • There power to weight ratio is very good. That’s all I can think of.

        6 days ago
    • They are very efficient when run at the right RPM. As a generator they make a lot of sense.

        6 days ago
  • Im gonna buy a bunch of em and figure out a way to take the rotary out, then resell the car and the rotary as a crate engine

      6 days ago
  • If Mazda wanted to use a rotary engine they should have done it to one of their sports cars, not an economy SUV.

      6 days ago
  • What’s not to love? The fact that it’s an SUV, and not a super attractive one at that. I’m all for Mazda bringing back the rotary but it belongs in at least a semi-sporty car, not as a good unsporty hybrid SUV/Crossover

      6 days ago
  • Just make an rx-9

      6 days ago