A new Mazda hybrid or electric vehicle could be in the works

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 8:00 am
Exterior of a generic black sedan pictured in the spotlight

Mazda Hybrid Plug-in release date

Will Mazda be the next auto manufacturer to release a new hybrid or electric vehicle? That appears to be the case! Mazda President and CEO Akira Marumoto recently did an interview with Automotive News Europe stating that the brand has a 2020 release date for its first battery-electric vehicle with a plug-in hybrid model coming in 2021 or 2022. 

In addition to questions about electric and hybrid vehicles, Marumoto was also asked if a rotary-powered Mazda was in the works. Unfortunately, Marumoto confirmed that as much as Mazda dreams of creating such a vehicle, View of the headlight of a generic black sedanno production plans are in the works this time.

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Will a hybrid Mazda be available in the U.S.?

The European market recently received the 2019 Mazda3 sedan with a mild-hybrid 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-X engine. This engine uses an electric motor and has the fuel economy of a 1.5-liter diesel and the handling of a 2.5-liter gasoline-powered engine. It’s the electric motor and smaller battery that makes it distinct from a full hybrid.

That said, will this setup be available in the U.S.? It’s very unlikely, at least in the immediate future. Mazda has been intentional about introducing the right technology to each of its world markets at the correct time. Even though Mazda does not currently have a hybrid model available in the U.S., the manufacturer has had the highest Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy by the EPA for five years in a row.

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