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due for a facelift in the next 12 months, with a more truck-like nose, and the flag­ship CX-9 SUV is also due to be re­placed in the next 18 months.

“More parts are shared across more mod­els and plat­forms so prod­uct devel­op­ment times can be shorter,” says Mazda Aus­tralia spokesman Steve Maciver.

Mazda stopped build­ing the RX-8, its last ro­tary-pow­ered sports-car, in 2012 af­ter it was phased out by tougher emis­sions reg­u­la­tions.

Two years ago, MX-5 chief engi­neer Nobuhiro Ya­mamoto told Carsguide: “Our dream is RX-7, not RX-8. Cus­tomers want RX-7. We are in ro­tary en­gine devel­op­ment. I can­not com­ment on the tim­ing.”

There are nu­mer­ous sig­nif­i­cant mile­stones com­ing up for Mazda. It will mark 50 years of ro­tary power in 2017, the RX-7 badge will be 40 years old in 2018 and Mazda as a com­pany will cel­e­brate its cen­te­nary in 2020.

Given that it takes three years to de­sign, de­velop and engi­neer a new model, 2017 would be the ear­li­est ar­rival date for a new RX-7.

Still slick: RX-7 Type R Bathurst edi­tion from 2001

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