As the global climate changed and initiative to save the mother earth, emissions requirements is tightly enforced over years. Consequently, the Mazda’s rotary engine is now failing to meet emissions requirements set by the engineering team at Mazda.
“We will never give up” says Mitsuo Hitomi, general manager of Mazda’s powertrain division, referring to the automaker’s long-running investment into the rotary engine. The so-called 16X engine is the latest model of Rotary Engine under Mazda R&D. We believe the next generation of Renesis Rotary Engine 16X will surely come as welcome news to rotor-heads over the world, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t problems in World of Wankel in terms of reliability and usability.
The Mazda’s rotary engine including the outgoing Renesis-series is well-known thirst for fuel has at least partly been extinguished. Impressively, Hitomi stated that the 1.6-liter 16X is slightly more fuel efficient than the automaker’s standard 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
On the negative aspect, Mazda powertrain division is having a critical path in this project as Hitomi reported the next generation of Renesis Rotary Engine 16X is at least a year behind schedule. It probably takes another two years before introducing to the market.