Mazda Rotary Engine Could Arrive in 2019

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With their first rotary-powered sports auto coming out half a century ago, Mazda continues to develop a new rotary powerplant to that will fit into a vehicle in their current lineup.

"I think that's probably what it will be", Hitomi said during a technology preview at the Japanese carmaker's proving ground here in western Japan.

From the looks of it, Mazda may have to find a way to make things profitable if they were to sell another full-blown rotary powered sports auto. It also gives Mazda a way to keep the technology alive.

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Mazda has hinted at both options in recent years but so far has tended to flip-flop between the two.

A rotary engine is ideal as a range extender because it is compact and powerful, while generating low-vibration, Hitomi said.

Unfortunately, that means that we are still hopelessly in the dark, with visions of spinning triangles connected to electric motors dancing in our heads.

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Mazda plans to bring an EV to market in 2019, along with a hybrid vehicle.

The pure electric will target markets such as Japan, Europe and China, where an EV can get by with a shorter range.

The vehicle in question is slated for release some time in 2019 with two versions in mind - one being a full EV and the other running the rotary range extender. In the past several days, we have seen headlines crying "Mazda rotary coming in 2019!" citing an article from Automotive News (link at the bottom, subscription required). Mazda is now working on a new platform for the electric vehicle. Mazda is now trying to decide "whether the business conditions will be met or not ... not the big technical issues". This unit is expected to power a high performance sports vehicle in the future that will slot above the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The last push for the rotary engine came in 2012 with the Mazda2 RE Range Extender, which featured a 0.33-liter powerplant.

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