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Mazda MX-30

The MX-30 is Mazda’s first electric vehicle and serves as a subcompact entry in the automaker’s lineup. It debuted at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show with a sporty yet familiar exterior design and rear side doors similar to that of the departed RX-8. There’s not a lot of information on the MX-30 quite yet, but we do know that it will feature a 35.5-kWh battery pack and a front-mounted electric motor. Expect a range of around 225 miles or so, depending on weight, when it goes on sale in the United States in late 2020 or early 2021.

2021 Mazda MX-30

The 2020 Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover Has Sporty Ambitions Exterior
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Mazda’s first electric offering is an urban commuter that comes with stuff that will make you go ‘wow’, as well as ‘damn!’

Mazda is the latest entrant in the EV segment. The company has finally launched its first electric crossover in the form of an urban crossover. Moniker’d the MX-30, Mazda revealed the product at its home turf at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show. From the initial impressions, the MX-30 looks like a mixed bag. We’ll hold our verdict till Mazda releases all the details about the MX-30. The Tokyo Auto Show was lukewarm at best and it was the perfect time to launch the crossover with pomp and fare and garner all the attention. But, Mazda has still not revealed everything about it. Missed opportunity? I think yes.

 

Latest Mazda MX-30 news and reviews:

Mazda's Rotary Engine Returns, But You Probably Won't Like It

Mazda’s Rotary Engine Returns, But You Probably Won’t Like It

The Mazda MX-30 will feature a rotary engine as a range extender starting 2022

Mazda has been talking about reviving the rotary engine for several years now and back in 2018 it confirmed that it’s finally on its way back into a production model. Come 2020 and the Japanese automaker confirmed that it will offer a rotary engine in the Mazda MX-30. However, it won’t be the sole provider of power, but a range extender on the electric version of the said crossover.

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Mazda is Officially Considering a Rotary Range Extender for the Mazda MX-30

Mazda is Officially Considering a Rotary Range Extender for the Mazda MX-30

The MX-30 could be U.S. worthy if it has a good range extender.

Way back in early 2016, Mazda filed a patent for a new rotary engine; two years later, Mazda announced that it was, in fact, bringing back the rotary engine but not in the way you’d expect. Then, with the introduction of Mazda’s SkyActiv-X technology, we started to think that the Wankel rotary engine could be feasible once again. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, but the Rotary is actually coming back – it just won’t live up to the full performance potential it was once destined for.

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The Mazda MX-30's rear doors are a cool tribute to the RX-8, but what's the point?

The Mazda MX-30’s rear doors are a cool tribute to the RX-8, but what’s the point?

Where’s the practicality, Mazda?

Mazda just launched its first all-electric vehicle, the MX-30, at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and it’s quite an exotic crossover in a sea of dull-looking haulers. And that’s mostly because it has tiny, rear-hinged doors like the RX-8, a sports car that Mazda built from 2003 to 2012. Needless to say, it’s a cool feature to have, but it ruins the practicality of the MX-30 and makes me wonder why Mazda went with such a design.

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2021 Mazda MX-30

2021 Mazda MX-30

Mazda’s first electric offering is an urban commuter that comes with stuff that will make you go ‘wow’, as well as ‘damn!’

Mazda is the latest entrant in the EV segment. The company has finally launched its first electric crossover in the form of an urban crossover. Moniker’d the MX-30, Mazda revealed the product at its home turf at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show. From the initial impressions, the MX-30 looks like a mixed bag. We’ll hold our verdict till Mazda releases all the details about the MX-30. The Tokyo Auto Show was lukewarm at best and it was the perfect time to launch the crossover with pomp and fare and garner all the attention. But, Mazda has still not revealed everything about it. Missed opportunity? I think yes.

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The 2020 Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover Has Sporty Ambitions

The 2020 Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover Has Sporty Ambitions

It also gets RX-8-inspired rear doors

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.

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Mazda MX-30 Pricing

Estimated pricing for the MX-30 is as follows:

  • Sport: $35,000
  • Touring: $38,000
  • Grand Touring: $41,000
  • Signature: $44,000

We’ve based the trims listed above and their pricing on Mazda’s current method. As for which one will be better, well if you look at Mazda’s current lineup, the entry-level model will be more basic while the Signature model will feature higher-end materials. Chances are that all models will have the same battery pack, power output, charging requirements, and useable range.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The MX-30 will have a front-mounted electric motor, and as of now, there are no plans for an AWD model to be offered. Detailed power and performance specs have yet to be released, but you can expect it to offer up somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 horsepower and maybe 240 pound-feet of torque. It won’t be incredibly fast with a top speed in the area of 100 mph, but it’ll probably get to 60 mph in around 7 seconds or so.

Range, Charging, Battery Life

The MX-30 will follow the current trend and offer charging via standard AC power (like the 120- or 240-volt plugs in your home) or via a faster DC charger. Range is still questionable, but we’re predicting the MX-30 will travel between 225 and 250 miles on a single charge to keep it competitive with models like the Chevy Bolt EV, Nissan Leaf, and Hyundai Kona Electric.