The rotary is back on the Mazda MX-30, but to give more energy to the electric motor

The new version of the Japanese company’s SUV was presented at the Brussels Motor Show: a plug-in hybrid where the Wankel is reborn as an energy generator.

After a long wait, the rotary engine (the so-called Wankel, from the name of its inventor) is back on the market and it does so naturally on a car from the brand that most of all believed in and developed this type of engine. In fact, Mazda is presenting the new evolution of this rotor and valveless engine at the Brussels Motor Show, and it does so on its MX-30, so far only available in the 100% electric version.

To increase the versatility of this compact SUV, the flagship product in Mazda’s electrification program, but without the additional weight of a traditional engine, the Japanese company has chosen to mount a rotary on the e-Skyactiv R-EV version, a model plug-in hybrid in which the rotor propulsion unit serves as an energy generator and no longer as the sole traction element.

Launched in 2020 as the Hiroshima manufacturer’s first production battery electric vehicle, the MX-30 then saw the range extend to a mild hybrid variant for some non-European markets. Today, with the ‘rotary’ plug-in version, the SUV offers a new way of using the car as an electric vehicle: the battery guarantees an electric range of 85 km, sufficient for daily travel needs, but with the possibility of use the rotary as an energy generator for long distances. All this always with the powerful and immediate delivery guaranteed by the electric drive and slightly better performance than the MX-30 BEV.

On the performance front, the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV takes 9.1 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h with a top speed electronically limited to 140 km/h Thanks to the mix between plug-in hybrid and rotary engine ( which brings the scale to 1,703 kg) fuel consumption remains at 1 l/100km in the WLTP cycle, with CO2 emissions of just 21 g/km.

The one mounted on the plug-in version is a newly developed 8C rotary engine grouped in the engine compartment with the electric generator and combined with a 125 kW electric motor powered by a 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. On the charging front, the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV offers the ‘normal’ option in 2 or 3-phase alternating current and fast charging in direct current: in addition, there are features such as a 1,500 W power supply, and three driving modes to adapt to different driving situations: Normal, EV and Charging.

For the launch of this new version, the Edition R is available, a special edition distinguished on the roof by the Maroon Rouge Metallic tint, which takes up the color used for the roof of the first car of the Hiroshima-based company, the Mazda R360 Coupé. The rest of the bodywork and interior are finished in black.

For customers who will activate in the pre-launch of the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, from 13 January to 31 March, there is a Welcome Bonus with up to 8,500 Euros of advantage thanks also to government incentives in the event of state scrapping. The price list of the MX-30 with rotary starts at 38,150 Euros and the arrival at the dealership is expected from the beginning of summer 2023.