Mazda MX-30 EV with Rotary Range-Extender to Debut at 2023 Brussels Motor Show

Mazda MX-30 EV went into production in early 2020 as Mazda’s first mass-produced electric car. At the time of launch,- it was announced that the MX-30 will have three powertrain options – a hybrid, a pure EV, and a range extender EREV. While the former two were available since the beginning the latter was yet to make its way.

The range extender version was initially planned to be launched in the first half of 2022 but was postponed. Now, however, the EREV is finally going to make its debut on the 13th of January at the 2023 Brussels Motor Show. The range extender version was also meant to also finally bring back the rotary engine into production.

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Mazda released this logo of what is presumably a new logo for the rotary range extender system together with the press release announcing the upcoming debut while calling it a plug-in hybrid.

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The current hybrid version of the MX-30 uses the automaker’s e-SkyActiv G powertrain consisting of a 2.0L naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that comes in synergy with a 24-volt Mild Hybrid system and a 6-speed automatic transmission, for a combined output of 154 hp and 200 Nm. On the other hand, the EV version uses a 144 hp and 271 Nm torque electric motor driving the front wheels, powered by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery allowing a range of up to 224 km.

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Mazda MX-30 EV

It is yet unclear what role will the rotary engine play. Will the “plug-in hybrid” be based on the EV version, with the rotary engine just acting as an electricity generator to recharge the lithium-ion battery? Or will the rotary engine be able to drive the wheels directly in some way? We will have to wait to find out.

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