Jobs for Japanese automakers on the old continent are not easy. At least Mazda does not intend to say goodbye to its European operations as it prepares a number of new products.
Mazda management has confirmed that it will introduce two new major models to the European market in the next two years. CX-60 a CX-80. As the label suggests, these will be SUVs, with at least one getting a third row of seats to carry seven passengers.
At the same time, Mazda reveals that with these models, plug-in hybrid models that combine an electric motor with a four-cylinder petrol engine will come to Europe for the first time. In addition to the socket version, the next-generation Skyactiv-X six-cylinder petrol engine and Skyactiv-D diesel will also be introduced. Either way, there are 48V mild hybrids.
The first half of 2022 will bring a new version of the Japanese brand’s first mass-produced electric car. The Mazda MX-30 will have a Wankel rotary engine that will act as an electric generator. We have written countless times about a possible return of this technology, but only now the Japanese have officially confirmed this report.
In about four years, Mazda will offer a number of models on a platform designed for electric cars. It will be a new step towards the full electrification of the model portfolio planned for 2030 at the latest.