The Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover is officially revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show with modest range and a set of ‘RX-8’ rear doors.
We’ve already seen the leaked photo of the new electric Mazda MX-10 Crossover yesterday, but now Mazda has officially revealed the MX-10 at the Tokyo Motor Show, complete with details of its electric powertrain.
Mazda is travelling its own path with the MX-30, eschewing the big battery pack you’ll find in similar electric crossovers – like the Hyundai Kona – for a modest 35.5kWh battery pack good for around 130 miles, more than enough, say Mazda, fort almost any driver’s daily needs. It also lowers costs and emissions.
Mazda is also not a fan of one-pedal EV driving, so the MX-10 won’t offer heavy regenerative braking but rely on the traditional method of actually pressing the brake pedal to slow down.
Sitting on a platform based on the CX-30’s, the MX-30 gets an electric version of Mazda’s G-Vecotoring – e-GVC Plus – to improve responsiveness and dynamism, and some artificial sounds so it seems more like an ICE car to drive.
As we discovered yesterday, the coupe-roof design and shallow ‘grille’ deliver a new look for Mazda, and the small suicide doors to gain access to the back of the car are straight out of the Mazda RX-8.
The MX-30 is expected to go in to production later next year, and after its launch Mazda will deliver a range-extender version too complete with another nod to the RX-8 – a rotary engine for charging the battery on the go.
And, say Mazda, depending on market, it can be powered by CNG, LPG or hydrogen.