Something’s brewing at Mazda, and it could be more rotating news. The automaker shared a teaser video on YouTube that focuses on the past and then moves into the future. The teaser is apparently also aimed at the US market, as it comes from the Mazda USA YouTube channel. An unboxing will take place on January 12th, so we don’t have long to break this secret.
Luckily, there are several clues that point us to the electrics MX-30 Acquisition of a new Wankel engine as a range extender for US buyers. The Big Tamale is a new announcement from Mazda clearly saying that an MX-30 R-EV comes with a gyroscopealthough the Debut is scheduled to take place on January 13 at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium. The debut announcement specified availability for European buyers beginning in the spring. Other markets were not mentioned.
Around the same time this Mazda USA teaser went live, the automaker announced pricing and availability in the US for the 2023 MX-30, which is still sold exclusively in California. There is no mention of a range-extended rotary engine in this press release, but the timing of the announcement and teaser is too random to ignore. Additionally, an MX-30 R-EV debut in the early hours of January 13 in Brussels would equate to January 12 in the States.
With that in mind, let’s talk a little bit about the teaser. Prominent Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada walks among a series of icons Mazda Vehicles, many – but not all – with classic Wankel engines. Acknowledging Mazda’s past, he moves into a darker room with several boxes he calls Mazda’s future. None of the boxes are car sized, but some may contain batteries, fuel tanks and a small rotary engine to “unpack” the new MX-30 R-EV.
Admittedly, it could also be something completely different. But we find it hard to believe Mazda would be teasing two separate announcements happening within the same day.
The biggest criticism of the MX-30 is its short 100-mile range. While Mazda is touting the MX-30 as a city car, electric SUV competitors offer far more than double the range. A small rotary motor running at a constant speed to charge the battery could be an economical solution while also appealing to rotary enthusiasts.
In any case, everything will be revealed on January 12th – possibly late in the day if that actually ties in with the official MX-30 R-EV debut in Belgium.