The Fuchu-based automaker will introduce an all-electric compact crossover. The vehicle will be known as 2021 Mazda MX-30, and it will debut in a limited First Edition. The release date is scheduled for the first few months of next year. The customers in Europe will be first in line for the new model. Then, the Japanese company will offer an EV to other markets.
The starting price of the MX-30 will be approximately $39,400 (34,800 Euros). The upcoming electric crossover will be powered by an electric motor, which produces 141 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, the MX-30 comes with a 35.5 kWh battery pack. The small battery will provide a total driving range of around 124 miles (200 km), on the WLTP cycle.
2021 Mazda MX-30 Interior Design, Equipment
The cabin of 2021 Mazda MX-30 is very well-designed and loaded with the latest technology and gadgets. The first thing you’ll notice is the floating center console. This feature is autonomous from the dash, and it’s finished with cork-lined trays. Furthermore, the electric crossover offers more environment-friendly materials, such as recycling plastic, and leatherette for the seats.
You’ll find a total of three displays in the cabin. One for the instrument cluster, one for the infotainment system, and one for the HVAC controls. Also, the First Edition model offers Ceramic Metallic or Polymetal Grey Metallic single colors. In addition, the customers might choose the three-tone Ceramic Metallic or three-tone Soul Red Crystal Metallic option.
These colors add $1,200 and $1,600 to the total price. Besides the colors and three-display setting, Mazda MX-30 First Edition EV offers a head-up display, Radar Cruise Control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. Also, there will be an 8-way electric adjustable drivers’ seat and a wall box home charger.
Engine, Driving Range
According to the Japanese automaker, there are several reasons why they decided to put a small 35.5 kWh battery in 2021 Mazda MX-30. As we mentioned above, the all-electric compact crossover will provide a total driving range of 124 miles (around 200 km). In the recent interview with Automotive News, the CEO of Mazda Europe, Mr. Yasuhiro Aoyama stated that the small battery, the MX-30 overall weight is reduced to about 3,747 lbs (1,700 kg).
Well, that’s less than any similar vehicle. Therefore, the reduced weight will improve driving dynamics. Also, the company main audience is the city customers, who drive from 24-45 miles on average. So, the long-range is not the focus of the Mazda MX-30, as the customers can plug-in the vehicle and charge it overnight. However, the company is working on a larger battery, that will be added in the near future.
Moreover, Mazda plans to launch a hybrid with range-extender powertrain, which combines a small petrol rotary mill and an electric motor. The current 124 miles range puts the MX-30 in the tough place with similar SUVs with longer range, but affordable price. The forthcoming EV will use a 50kW rapid charger, which charges the vehicle up to 80% in 30-40 minutes. The release date of Mazda’s EV is expected in the first few months of 2021.