Mazda officially plans to return its rotary engine

Mazda officially plans to return its rotary engine

October 8, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The press service of the Japanese automaker has released a video stating that a rotary-powered car will enter the market in the first half of 2022. It is noteworthy that the video itself is entirely devoted to the MX-30 crossover.

Who knew a crossover video could invisibly include such an important announcement? It’s not even a new crossover, as the MX-30 debuted about a year ago as an electric vehicle, and a hybrid version of this CUV is now hitting the Japanese market with fancy doors. The video below shows Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto talking about the company’s “green move” before moving on to what interests us most – the story of rotary engines.

Skip to 7:34 timestamp and turn on Russian subtitles to read the announcement made by the head of Mazda confirming the rotary engine is back.

As you may recall, the automaker originally announced that it would do so about two years ago. Akira Marumoto says they will begin testing rotary-motor prototypes on public roads as early as January 2021.

Akira Marumoto goes on to mention that the rotary engine will hit the market in the first half of 2022. It is not known which specific models will receive the long-awaited rotary powerplant beyond the MX-30 crossover. Fans of the Japanese brand will remember that in 2012 the company built a prototype Mazda2 with a rotary engine that helped increase the overall range.

The company is already taking orders for the MX-30 hybrid crossover in Japan, where it hopes to sell 1,000 units of the model every month. Prices start at 2,420,000 yen. for the version of the crossover equipped with only one axle drive and a minimum of 2,656,500 yen for the all-wheel drive option.