• The 2020 Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover Has Sporty Ambitions

It also gets RX-8-inspired rear doors

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Mazda’s first-ever electric car is finally here and unsurprisingly, the Japanese carmaker is insisting that the EV is still a car for the driver. What’s more, the MX-30 gets the freestyle doors last seen on the RX-8 sports car and it promises to cover around 200 kilometers (124 miles) on a single charge. Let’s find out more.

Mazda MX-30 Powertrain

Mazda’s first EV has had its fair share of teasing but it’s finally here, making its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. The MX-30 is based on the freshly-released CX-30 crossover (both cars share the same wheelbase of 2,655 millimeters) that slots in between the CX-3 and CX-5.

But instead of an ICE, the MX-30 utilizes what Mazda calls the e-Skyactiv powertrain.

In practice, that means a 35.5-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack with prismatic cells powers an e-motor. There’s no official work on power or torque, but Autocar says the electric motor makes 141 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Mazda rates the maximum range at 200 kilometers, which is around 124 miles. So far, this looks like the MX-30’s biggest disadvantage, since its direct rivals offer a more generous range - the Hyundai Kona Electric, for example, can go for 258 miles on a single charge, which is double compared to what the MX-30 delivers at this point.

Mazda MX-30 specifications
Battery 35.5kWh lithium-ion
Horsepower 141 HP
Torque 195 LB-FT
Range 200 km (124 miles)
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Mazda, however, backs up this range value by arguing that it exceeds the 48-kilometer (30 miles) average daily drive of the European customer, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos MORI on 12,072 adults in markets such as the U.K., Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Mazda MX-30 design: what’s all that hype about the freestyle doors?

Mazda didn’t forget to have some fun with the MX-30 EV and decided to bring back the RX-8’s rear doors, which makes for a cool feature to have regardless of how you look at it. Size-wise, the MX-30 is 4,395 millimeters long, 1,795 millimeters wide, and 1,570 millimeters tall and rides on 215/55R18 tires.

Visually, the MX-30 resembles the CX-30, but at the same time, it comes with its own unique features that set it apart. For example, the front grille is a lot narrower than what you get on Mazda’s other crossovers for the simple fact that the electric powertrain doesn’t need all that cooling.

The headlights retain the stretched shape we know from the CX-3 and CX-5, while the cluster graphics are also kept unchanged.
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Seen from the side, the MX-30 flaunts plastic cladding for the wheel arches and lower profile that connects to the rear and front bumpers. The sloping roof is very pronounced towards the rear, a trait that’s supported by the steep C-pillar. On the one hand, the car’s profile look muscular, but on the other hand, its overall shape suggests sportiness and agility.

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On the inside, Mazda once again added a couple of unique touches that won’t be found on any other model except the MX-30.

For example, the A/C panel gets its own touchscreen and the center console adopts the “floating” design which adds extra storage pockets for smartphones and other small items. To reflect its eco-conscious actions, Mazda opted for cork that’s left over from the production of cork bottle stoppers. You can find the material in the form of inserts on the median tunnel area between the center armrest cubby and the lower end of the dashboard. The gear selector is of a bulkier shape than those found in Mazda’s ICE-powered cars, although the rotary knob was kept for the MX-30 as well.

The new 2020 Mazda MX-30 will likely go on sale next year. We’ll be back with more details as soon as they emerge, including prices and final specs.

Further reading

2019 Mazda CX-5
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mazda CX-5.

2019 Mazda CX-3
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mazda CX-3.

2019 Mazda CX-30 Broadens Mazda's Crossover range
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mazda CX-30.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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