Australian media, Motoring.com, reports that Mazda may be making a plug-in hybrid out of the incoming Mazda 2 with an accompanying rotary engine.
Mazda has yet to follow up with a new generation rotary following the RX-8 sports coupe and rumors have been floating around ever since about a successor with no official indication for the future. According to the recent report, the plug-in hybrid will surface later in the up and coming Mazda2’s next generation.
Speculation points to an evolution of the Mazda 2 RE experimental vehicle’s powertrain, which sported a 330cc, or 0.33L range-extending single-rotor Wankel rotary that weighs just 100kg or 220 lbs. It’s mounted aft for weight distribution and to eliminate vertical vibration and is said to be at least five decibels quieter than a similar gasoline or diesel engine.
Otherwise, the next generation Mazda 2 is expected to surface sometime next month for the 2015 model year with a new SKYACTIV-D 1.5L diesel engine good for around 100hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.