Mazda is Officially Bringing Back the Rotary Engine

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But it’s not returning to a sports car.

Mazda’s Vice President Akira Marumoto recently confirmed that the rotary engine is coming back and that they’ll begin testing a fleet of prototypes soon in January 2021. The MX-30 Crossover will be the first to receive the rotary engine.  Marumoto continued to mention that the rotary engine will hit the market in the first half of 2022, though it is not yet specifically known which models will get the rotary powertrain beyond the MX-30, but it’s expected that small cars will get it first.

As for the MX-30, the crossover will be equipped with an e-SkyActiv G 2.0-litre engine with mild-hybrid technology; it will have the help of a 5.1-kW assist-motor run by a lithium-ion battery pack. The MX-30 will have an automatic transmission available in both two-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations.

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