Amidst an interview with Mazda about its plans, a development about the coveted rotary engine came out.
The confirmation came from Automotive News Europe's interview Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto primarily about the apparent problem about the brand's emissions target in the EU. The company seems to be running out of time to lower its CO2 footprint, with its hope relying on the SkyActiv-X engine in the next-generation Mazda3.
But beyond the emissions problem, the interview steered towards the highly popular rotary power plant.
According to Mr. Marumoto, the company has continued working on developing the rotary engine even after it discontinued the RX-8. He, of course, mentioned the confirmed application of the rotary engine, which will be a range extender for upcoming EVs. The EVs with Wankel engine range extender should come out this year, although we have yet to hear any development about it as of this writing.
Mr. Marumoto's next line was rather interesting, at least for rotary engine fans. "Inside Mazda, we all have the dream of seeing one day a vehicle powered by a rotary engine. But given the number of things we have to do, we had to put this on the back burner, and we have no time frame," he said.
This isn't the first time that Mr. Marumoto has confirmed that the rotary engine lives on for them at Mazda. However, it's kind of sad to know that it hasn't materialized yet, even up to this point in time.
We all know what the rotary engine could do and the wonders it provides in terms of performance. But with this development and with the confirmation that the rotary engine is now on the back burner, all we could do is wait.
Source: Automotive News Europe