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Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover Gets a Rotary Engine

Mazda’s iconic rotary engine returns. The first modern Mazda to receive it is the MX-30 EV model.

This engine will run smoothly acting as a range extender, in other words, a generator fed by fuel that extends the car’s driving range between charging stations.

Mazda President and CEO Akira Marumoto confirm this info. Early prototypes will arrive in 2021. The final MX-30 will hit the Japanese market in 2022, MotorTrend reports.

The Mazda MX-30 with a mild-hybrid system (comprises a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor) is now on sale in Japan. The vehicle rides on the same platform as the Mazda 3 and CX-30. Its cabin uses the sustainable materials, such as recycled PET bottles, “Heritage Cork”(bark of a tree).

The company plans to release a 100th Anniversary Edition of this mild hybrid MX-30.

Back in 1967, Mazda introduced its first rotary engine in a production car. Several years ago, the automaker tested a rotary range extender on a Demio prototype (the Mazda 2). The new-generation SkyActiv-R rotary engine debuted on a successor of the Mazda RX-7 at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show.

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