Here at Liberty Mazda, we continue to be excited about the future of the Mazda brand. Of course, it can be hard to think about the future of the automaker when the present is so exciting–with vehicles like the 2018 Mazda CX-3 arriving at our dealership–but Mazda isn’t a company to sit on its laurels and release the same vehicles year after year. The latest news of the future of Mazda occurred over in Tokyo at the Tokyo Motor Show, where Mazda execs confirmed that the automaker will bring back the rotary engine as a range-extender for its first electric vehicle coming in 2019.

If you missed out on the Mazda electric vehicle news, the automaker previously confirmed that it is planning to debut an electric car in 2019. It will be available in both pure electric and range-extending versions. It has now been confirmed that the globally-available electric vehicle will boast a powertrain similar to the Japan-only Mazda2 electric vehicle, which used a single-rotor engine as a generator to power the battery pack and increase the driving range.

The new series of plug-in hybrid Mazda cars arriving in 2019 to the US market are set to have the same type of design as that Japan-only prototype. These plug-in hybrids will be based on existing new Mazda cars, and then, around 2021, a pure electric car will be developed by Mazda. Mazda first debuted its rotary engine 50 years in the classic Mazda Cosmo Sport as a way to differentiate itself from other Japanese automaker competitors. Compared to conventional piston engines, the rotary engine is smaller, lighter, and allows for quieter operation.

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