Australian media is reporting the next generation Mazda2 will receive a plug-in hybrid version which will feature a small rotary engine.

Australian media is reporting the next generation Mazda2 will receive a plug-in hybrid version which will feature a small rotary engine.

Mazda's rotary engine was phased out in June 2012 but since then many reports emerged about a resurrection for a rumored RX-8 successor. It seems the rotary engine will be seen at first in a next generation Mazda2 plug-in hybrid variant set to be introduced later during the car's lifespan.

It is believed the powertrain will be an evolution of the Mazda2 RE experimental vehicle which had a 330cc range-extending single-rotor Wankel engine weighing just 100 kg (220 lbs). The motor was installed under the car's rear on three mounting points which eliminated vertical vibration and allowed the vehicle to be at least 5 dB quieter at the same rpm level compared to a regular gasoline or diesel engine.

The conventional-powered 2015 Mazda2 will be officially revealed next month and will be offered with a newly developed SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel generating 105 PS (77 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). Equipped with this engine, the 2015 Demio (JDM-spec) will be the most frugal diesel car in Japan as tested in the JC08 cycle.

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