Rumors of the return of the rotary engine have circulated for years, but it appears Mazda has not confirmed them. In a new video posted online the Japanese automaker appears to confirm plans to use a new rotary engine in the Mazda MX-30 in 2022.
As expected based on previous comments from the automaker, the revived rotary engine will be used as a range extender in an electrified MX-30. Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto says in the video that the company will begin testing a small batch of rotary powered MX-30’s next year with the goal of having it on the Japanese market sometime in 2022, first reported by AutoBlog.
Aside from confirming the plan itself, Marumoto did not go into any specifics on the new rotary engine. Previously Mazda officials have said a new rotary engine will offer a high power output and be very smooth; rather vague descriptions at this point.
The MX-30 is currently sold as a mild hybrid in Europe and Japan, while a battery-electric version of the crossover also just launched in Europe. At this time Mazda has not disclosed any plans to bring the MX-30 stateside, so it is unclear if the rotary-powered version would change those distribution plans.