Mazda MX-30 Rotary Range Extender Delayed or Canceled – UPDATE: Mazda Australia Statement
The Mazda hybrid powertrain was due in Australia at some point next year. Now it seems to have been put on the back burner.
UPDATE, July 13, 2021, 11:30 a.m .: A spokesperson for Mazda Australia denied that international media reported that the MX-30 SUV’s range-extending rotary powertrain has been postponed or scrapped.
âWe have been informed that there are no delays for the next Rotaryâ¦ we are still pushing to have it here in Australia when it becomes available,â the spokesperson said.
The story below is unchanged as originally posted. Another update will be attached when more information becomes available.
July 13, 2021, 8 a.m .: Development of 2022 Mazda MX-30 rotary engine range extender – which Drive includes was ‘under review’ for the Australian market in 2022 – appears to have been delayed, or canceled altogether.
As first reported by Automotive News, the high manufacturing costs associated with the necessary lithium-ion battery packs put the electrified drive system of the MX-30 range extender on the back burner.
Mazda spokesperson Masahiro Sakata said, âWe are still considering using [the] rotary engine as a range extender, but the timing of its introduction is uncertain.
However, Japanese national media suggest that the scope extension project has been dropped in its entirety.
When approached by Drive, a spokesperson for Mazda Australia said there is currently no update on the status of the rotary range extender for the local market.
A range extension system sends power to the wheels exclusively via electric motors. However, an internal combustion engine is used to act as a generator and recharge battery power when it is low.
Although rare, a similar powertrain has been offered in the BMW i3 in overseas markets since 2013. Nissan’s E-Power system is also comparable, although it has a much smaller battery and its gasoline engine. works almost continuously.
As early as 2018, Mazda sought to revive its historic âWankelâ rotary engine.
However, the application of the engine as part of an electrified range extension system was seen as a larger long-term investment than pure internal combustion use, as seen more recently in the RX-8 sports car.
The Mazda MX-30 SUV is currently sold in Australia with two powertrain options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a 24-volt mild hybrid system and an all-electric single-engine variant.
The former is priced at $ 33,990 before highway costs and sends 114 kW / 200 Nm to the front wheels via a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The latter is priced at $ 65,490 before road charges and delivers 107 kW / 271 Nm on the road. A 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery provides a claimed range of 224 km between charges.
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