Mazda MX-30 to Get a Rotary

2021 Mazda MX-30 EV (Rotary Engine) (1)

Mazda has revived the rotary and this time it comes with a new job. The rotaries of the past were used in Mazda’s supercars like the RX-7 and the RX-8. This time it is the electric crossover, the Mazda MX-30 that gets a rotary but the engine is not the primary powertrain but a part of it. The rotary will be used as a range extender and its sole job would be to act as a generator to help the MX-30 move between charging stations.

The announcement was made by none other than Mazda’s chief Akira Marumoto. The CEO and President of Mazda confirmed in a video announcement that the MX-30 will roll out soon with the rotary surprise. The complete launch will happen in 2022 with the final iteration hitting the markets in Japan.

2021 Mazda MX-30 EV (Rotary Engine)

The rotary engine was a remarkable innovation in the automotive world. It was first introduced in 1967 and the concept took off. It was surprising for the world to see how a small engine could produce exceptional power. The rotary’s success was multiplied by the RX-7 and the RX-8 sports cars that are still highly popular.

Mazda even teased an RX-7 successor with a SkyActiv rotary engine, because rotaries are not fuel-efficient. The only reason why the rotary engine was not widely used was because of fuel economy issues. A SkyActiv rotary could solve the problem but we would have to wait and see if Mazda is serious about it. 

2021 Mazda MX-30 EV Interior (Rotary Engine)

Meanwhile, we get to glimpse at the revolutionary engine in the MX-30 and although it will not be working at full capacity, we can hope that the future is going in the right direction.

The MX-30, on the other hand, will be a step forward for Mazda in the electric vehicle market. The company has used several environment-friendly materials to build and adorn their vehicle. The use of recycled PET bottles and recycled tree barks is a testament to the company’s shift towards green technology.  

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