THE RETRO AND THE RANGE EXTENDER
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