Mazda RX-Vision 7

When Mazda unveiled the RX-Vision at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, there was plenty of hype that the automaker will introduce a new rotary engine-powered sports car in the same breath as the RX-8 and the iconic RX-7. However, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai, in an interview with Automotive News, stated that the company has no plans to build a sports car larger than the Miata.

Therefore, those hoping for a RX-9 will be left disappointed, but that doesn’t mean the end of the rotary engine (dubbed SkyActiv-R). “If we were to restart production of the rotary engine again, we need to make sure it wouldn’t be just short-lived. We need it to meet future emissions regulations. We are still conducting our R&D activity to overcome any issues we have with emissions and fuel efficiency,” said Kogai.

However, said engine would function more as a range extender instead of the main power plant, which will better serve Mazda’s push towards electrification. The company has no plans for an electric sports car with a range extender, said Kogai, who added that the MX-5 “might be a more exhilarating experience” instead.

Currently, Mazda is working on a new generation of SkyActiv technologies that will introduced by March 2019. Electrification will be part of its future, with an electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid expected to be on the cards, backed by the automaker’s collaborative efforts with Toyota.

GALLERY: Mazda RX-Vision concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show