The development plan for the MX-30 version with a rotating engine for the US market has been confirmed by the management of Mazda.
At the end of last year, Mazda revealed its intention to bring the rotating engine (Wankel engine) back. The last model Mazda equipped with a rotating engine, the RX-8, was killed in 2012.
Recently, Jeff Guyton – Executive President of Operations Mazda North America, interviewed with auto specialist The Detroit Bureau said that the MX-30 version with a rotating engine will be available in the US.
This is the first time that a reliable source has said that Mazda’s compact SUV is planned to be sold in the US. However, Mr. Guyton did not elaborate on the roadmap of the MX-30 and the return of the rotating engine on Mazda cars.
“For the US market, we have plans to expand our portfolio of version options for the MX-30. However, I can not talk about the exact timing, ”said the leader of the Japanese automaker.
With this little information, US media predicts that the Mazda MX-30 with a rotating engine could be released as early as next year. Right now, Mazda’s main goal is to double the range of the electric version of the MX-30 sold in Europe, which is Mazda’s first electric (EV) model.
According to WLTP measurement standards applied in Europe, the 35.5 kWh battery pack when fully charged allows the Mazda MX-30 EV to travel a maximum distance of about 200 km. The SUV is equipped with an electric motor with a capacity of 141 hp and 264 Nm of torque. In the UK, the Mazda MX-30 has a starting price of £ 25,545, or $ 34,800.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the Mazda MX-30 is only available in a mild hybrid variant. This model has a 2.0L Skyactiv-G petrol engine paired with a 5.1 kW M Hybrid electric motor. The suggested price for the MX-30 in the domestic market starts at 2.42 million yen, or about $ 23,500.