The designers rotated the Wankel 180 degrees from its normal position and fitted a top-mounted turbocharger. Moving the fuel injectors closer to the combustion chamber also allegedly improved efficiency.
Depending on the input from the engineers that work on the project, Mazda could develop an all-new vehicle architecture or adapt an existing platform for electrification. At the same time, a range-extender electric vehicle complemented by a rotary engine is another possibility.
“BT50 is our product, under our brand structure, our brand image… and under our Kodo design [language]. [But] We have a very good relationship [with Isuzu] and they can deliver,” he stated.
The CX-5 is Mazda’s best-selling vehicle, accounting for a quarter of the company’s global sales. Mazda sees the CX-5 crossover utility vehicle as the best way to break into the U.S. market with its diesel variation.