With this a lot smoke rising from Mazda HQ in Japan, it is onerous to consider there is no hearth. A sequence of filings at the beginning of August contained schematics of what may very well be (and let’s face it, what we hope to be) an RX-Imaginative and prescient-like sports activities coupe with an electrified entrance axle. Then got here a report from Japan’s Finest Automotive that Mazda is engaged on a hydrogen-powered rotary engine that may slot into some type of RX-8 successor. Now we have discovered, via CarBuzz, that Hatena Blog in Japan (translated) has discovered eight Mazda trademark functions, 4 maybe having to do with car trim names, 4 maybe to be utilized to electrified propulsion methods.
The drivetrain functions are a emblem, pictured above, and three names: e-SKYACTIV R-Power, e-SKYACTIV R-HEV, e-SKYACTIV R-EV. Hatena figures the newest functions middle on the automaker’s XEV technology that we heard about final yr, which might use a small rotary engine in an especially compact hybrid powertrain that might act as a light hybrid, sequence hybrid, or range-extended EV. A Mazda patent application showed a possible AWD structure for the powertrain that was as difficult because it was novel.
The emblem is clearly the rotor in a Wankel rotary engine with an equally clear “e” cutout. We’re going with the thought right here that correlation is causation, so we’ll assume having a rotary-shaped emblem filed with new “R” nomenclature means these phrases signify some type of electrified Skyactiv rotary engines. If Mazda’s sticking to the present development in electrified naming, we would take R-HEV to be for a hybrid electric vehicle — or it may very well be hydrogen — and R-EV to go well with a battery-electric car. That leaves the R-Power identify as a thriller — our guess is that it identifies one other alternative fuel like that hydrogen rotary engine, or it may very well be an umbrella time period for any non-traditional R automotive. Keep in mind, Mazda additionally utilized to trademark a new R logo in July, the most well-liked guess being that it might signify rotary-powered high-performance fashions.
We’ll put the same old trademark disclaimer right here: Functions do not essentially imply something for the actual world, so the brand and names would possibly find yourself being placeholders that by no means escape a Japanese submitting cupboard. However once more, it is a lot of exercise in a single month that is tangential to issues we all know Mazda is engaged on, like a brand new sporty RWD automotive and rotary engines.
The opposite 4 trademark functions had been for trim names Hatena figures will likely be utilized to JDM choices: Discipline Journey and Sports activities Look for the CX-5, VS Terracotta Choice that mimics the VS White Choice already obtainable for the Miata Roadster RF, and Professional-X Ross Model that is a stumper.