It has been five years since Mazda’s rotary engines officially left the United States market after the RX-8, but the rotary engine has remained popular with enthusiasts Now, it looks like Mazda’s rotary engines could make a comeback in the near future.
According to Mitsuo Hitoma, Mazda’s global powertrain head, the rotary engine could return as a range extender on an electric vehicle, potentially as soon as 2019. Mazda’s rotary engines could be useful for this due to a few main reasons. First, the engine is compact and offers impressive performance for anyone behind the wheel. Second, it doesn’t generate much of a vibration, making it perfect for a quiet, comfortable ride.
As for Mazda’s upcoming electric vehicle, the brand promised two amazing models to arrive as soon as 2019—one a fully electric model and one equipped with a range extender, possibly the promised rotary engine.
This isn’t as outlandish as it may seem—Mazda already used the rotary engine as a range extender in the 2013 Mazda2 Concept vehicle, so now it looks like that use could arrive in a practical fashion in just a few years.
We here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi can’t wait for the return of the rotary engine!