Mazda is back in the news and thankfully for all good reasons. They are bringing back rotary engine and it has been in pipeline for many years now. Mazda has been working on electric vehicle and it is not a speculation. The vehicle would be using rotary engine but would be complement the EV as range extender. Company’s executive has also confirmed that powertrain is indeed coming next year. Europe’s Vice President of Sales and Customer Service, Martijn ten Brink said in an interview to AutoRAI that highly anticipated return of rotary engine will happen in 2019.
With Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 strategy, Mazda have outlined their plan and it includes electric vehicle. He added that there are certain markets which have such requirements. Even though they are planning EV it doesn’t mean that they are shunning out conventional engines. Martijn ten Brink said that it would early to write off internal combustion engine. It will be present in the market for the next 15 to 20 years, as hybrid and plug-in hybrid needs internal combustion engine. The new Electric vehicle is set to debut next years as confirmed by company executive.
It will be built upon modular small car platform and would be similarly sized to that of Mazda3. It uses single-rotor engine which is mounted horizontally. He added that it may not necessarily be used on sports car. Earlier, the company surprised us all by usage of this powertrain on a crossover through Mitsubishi Eclipse. Mazda RX-Vision Concept has been showcased and many fans are trying hard to see in production form.