Mazda announced an ambitious electrification strategy last week, including a dedicated EV platform set to roll out by 2025, as well as new hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
A new Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture platform will support a variety of new models arriving between 2022 and 2025, including five hybrids, five plug-in hybrids and three all-electric cars, according to a press release from Mazda. The company said the platform will accommodate transverse thrusters in small vehicles and longitudinal thrusters in larger vehicles. A transverse layout is usually associated with front-wheel drive vehicles, and a longitudinal layout most often works with rear-wheel drive.
Mazda has also released the images shown here showing its short-term powertrains, including a rotary engine range extender, large gasoline and diesel engines with a 48-volt mild hybrid system, and a large gasoline engine plug-in hybrid. The rotary should be a transverse setup while the large drivetrains will be longitudinal.
Between 2025 and 2030, there will be more fully electric models based on the EV-specific Skyactiv Scalable EV Architecture, said Mazda.
With this launch rhythm, Mazda expects that by 2030 100% of its product range will save some degree of electrification, with electric vehicles accounting for 25% of that.
Mazda petrol mild hybrid powertrain
Mazda said the new models are targeting large markets such as the US, China, Europe and Japan but did not elaborate on them.
We know the MX-30 crossover is slated to hit the U.S. later this year in fully electric form as a 2022 model, with a rotary range extender available in calendar year 2022 for model year 2023. It will use the platform of the CX-30. Mazda’s ongoing partnership with Toyota could also lead to a technology exchange.
The Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture appears to be the much discussed rear-wheel drive platform that will underpin the next-generation Mazda 6. Mazda is expected to use inline-6 engines with displacements from 3.0 liters to 3.3 liters. in vehicles based on this platform and they could include SUVs. The vehicles are also likely to use the 48-volt mild hybrid system. A report earlier this year said the new engines and platform will arrive in SUVs first, before the redesigned Mazda 6 sedan.
Previous reports have also indicated that Mazda may be working on a new sports car, possibly called the RX-9, but when that happens don’t expect it to be a Wankel-powered successor to the RX-7 and RX-8. Mazda has announced that its new Wankel engines will only be used as EV range extenders.