Wednesday, November 25, 2020
News Mazda MX-30 SUV To Get Rotary Engine Range Extender

Mazda MX-30 SUV To Get Rotary Engine Range Extender

The Mazda MX-30 will be offered as a mild-hybrid, an EV, and a range-extended EV by 2022


  • The MX-30 is a small electric SUV with a WLTP 200-km range.

  • It has suicide doors like the previous RX-8 sports car.

  • The MX-30 will get a rotary engine, also like the RX-8.


Talks of the return of Mazda’s legendary rotary engine have been ongoing for a few years. Discussions had with Mazda representatives in the past involved not only hints that the rotary engine was to make a return but that it wasn’t going to be for performance reasons – it will return to active duty as a range-extender for the MX-30.

One of the principal advantages of the rotary engine is its size. Extremely compact and relatively lightweight, a video released by Mazda, has confirmed that the rotary will be installed in the MX-30 as early as January 2021 as a batch project in Japan. Mazda is developing a multi-electric technology strategy to cater to as many markets as possible.

The range-extending rotary engine technology will become available from the first half of 2022. However, there’s no mention of which other models will get the rotary beyond the MX-30 although it’s stated that the technology will move to other vehicles in the small product group. This information was disclosed in a video (you might need English subtitles) shared by Mazda. Akira Marumoto, President and CEO of Mazda, explains Mazda’s desire to create unique customer experiences.

Mazda MX-30

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