TOKYO — Mazda is tipping its hand about future plans for the brand’s trademark rotary engine.
Mazda, in a press release celebrating the company’s 100-year anniversary, says the rotary likely will return as a range extender in the new MX-30 electrified crossover.
That vehicle, slated for sale in Europe and Japan, debuted as an EV at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, featuring new design cues and front and rear doors that swing opposite each other.
Now, Mazda is hinting a hybrid version using a rotary engine may be down the road. In a media release highlighting Mazda’s history of rotary-engine development, the carmaker noted a small Wankel engine was used as a range extender in a prototype Mazda 2 EV.
“A similar system could find its way onto the Mazda MX-30, a brand-new battery-electric crossover SUV arriving at dealerships this year,” Mazda said.
The all-electric MX-30 for Europe and Japan uses a relatively small 35.5-kWh lithium ion battery and 105-kW electric motor, indicating a…