Mazda are set to revive the RX range in 2019 with the launch of the RX-9, bringing back the successful rotary engine heritage. According to Japan’s Holiday Auto Magazine the Mazda board of directors have approved a production model, with a concept version being launched in 2017 before the launch in 2019, with the car going on sale in 2020.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Mazda’s rotary-powered engine, with the 100th anniversary of Mazda coming in 2019. To celebrate Mazda want to rejoice in one of their major accomplishments, and “the technology of the rotary engine is something only Mazda can build” according to Maeda-san, Mazda’s head of design.
It’ll be Mazda’s biggest rotary engine yet, with a 1.6-liter version using two 800 cc rotors which will produce around 400 horsepower. It’ll also weigh less than 2,860 lbs, and performance should be superb without the pistons pumping up and down, meaning an incredibly smooth drive.
According to Holiday Auto Magazine Mazda are predicted to launch the Mazda RX-9 at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, and would be Mazda’s first rotary engine car since the RX-8 in 2012. However, Mazda haven’t commented on any new products. But with the launch of the RX-VISION car at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, it mightn’t be too long before seeing the RX-9 in the flesh.