Mazda MX-30 EV with rotary engine range extender will finally debut at the 2023 Brussels Motor Show –

When the Mazda MX-30 was first released, it was always going to have three powertrain options: a hybrid, a pure EV designed for the city, and a range-extending EV for people who need more range than the range of 224 km than the pure. Gets the EV version.

The range extender version was initially planned for a release in the first half of 2022, but has been postponed. It looks like it will finally launch at the 2023 Brussels Motor Show this month. The range extender version was also intended to finally bring the rotary engine back to production.

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

The current hybrid version of the MX-30 uses the automaker’s e-SkyActiv G powertrain consisting of a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder gasoline engine that is complemented by a 24-volt M hybrid system and transmission. six-speed automatic. Total system output is 155 PS and 200 Nm.

The EV version uses a 145 PS and 271 Nm of torque electric motor that drives the front wheels, powered by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery that allows a range of up to 224 km. He Pure EV version of the Mazda MX-30 is on sale in Malaysia for RM199k.

The question now is what role the rotary engine will play here. Will the “plug-in hybrid” be based on the EV version, with the rotary engine running solely as an electricity generator to recharge the lithium-ion battery? Or will the rotary motor be able to drive the wheels directly somehow?

More details will be revealed this week at Brussels 2023.

GALLERY: Mazda MX-30 EV in Malaysia

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