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Mazda MX-30 SkyActiv-R Rotary Engine Range-Extender Option Coming in 2022

One of the most unconventional electric vehicles on sale today, the MX-30 is also available as a mild hybrid in the guise of the e-SkyActiv G that combines a 2.0-liter engine with a starter/generator. Come 2022, Mazda also will roll out a range-extender option centered around a rotary engine.
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Speaking to The Detroit Bureau, the automaker’s North American operations boss let it slip that the Wankel-based powertrain will be available in the United States at some point in the future. Europe and Japan, by comparison, will get this specification in the first half of 2022 as per Mazda.

“By 2025, I don’t think we’re going to be selling much of anything that doesn’t have electrification onboard,” said Jeff Guyton. “We certainly see the trends everybody else sees. For the U.S. market, the range-extender option would be more appropriate,” signed off the North American official.

Marketed under the SkyActiv-R name, the rotary engine is a bit of a mystery at this point in time. More to the point, we don’t know the displacement, the number of rotors, if it’s naturally aspirated or turbocharged, the output figures, fuel economy estimates - absolutely nada. Knowing the Hiroshima-based automaker, these details should all come to light this summer or fall.

The last rotary produced by Mazda Motor Corporation is the 13B-MSP Renesis of the RX-8, which belts out approximately 232 horsepower and 159 pound-feet (216 Nm) of torque. Not bad for 1.3 liters of displacement and no boosty snails whatsoever, right? With pain in my heart, I advise you to refrain from getting your hopes up for high performance in the case of the MX-30 SkyActiv-R because Mazda will tune this engine for efficiency.

As for our only chance of a performance-oriented rotary engine with an all-new design, Mazda remains tight-lipped about the RX-9 we’ve been dreaming about since the RX-Vision was revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The worst-case scenario for the fixed-head coupe – if you can call it that - would be a straight-six turbo engine instead of a rotary powerplant.

 
 
 
 
 

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