Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

First Mazda EV To
Arrive This Fall

Another week, another new electric crossover. That seems to
be the story as automakers big and small around the globe try to stake a piece
of the market’s move to electric vehicles. The small car company Mazda showed
off a new electric version of its small MX-30 crossover this week, promising
that it would be available in California dealerships this fall.

Mazda MX-30 EV
A different kind of Kodo

Mazda said the MX-30 EV would be characterized by its “stylish”
design and a driving experience that fits the brand’s performance image. The
latest iteration of Mazda’s Kodo (“Soul of Motion”) design philosophy aims to
blend minimalist elements with a futuristic design. The result, at least as can
be discerned from the company photos released, is a smooth-sided car with a bit
of a retro look, reminiscent of some models like Nissan Cube or Figaro or the
Honda E. It contrasts with the more sculpted look of the current gas-powered
CX-30
.

Performance may be a bit more of a stretch for the MX-30 EV.
According to Mazda, a single electric motor rated at 144 horsepower and 200
pound-feet of torque will power the vehicle. That compares with the nearly
identical CX-30’s base engine 186 horsepower/torque, but trails the
turbo-engine versions 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. We found the
CX-30 base engine performance to be adequate, but the car’s suspension gave it
credentials to be a true driver’s car.

Long Time Coming

Mazda MX-30 EV
Set up to charge fast

The electric Mazda was first previewed at the Tokyo Motor
Show in October 2019, so the real news here is that it will finally be going on
sale in the U.S. Mazda touted its fast-charging capability (20-to-80 percent
charge of its 35.5 kilowatt-hour battery in 36 minutes with a 50 kWh charger), which
compares favorably with some of its rivals, but it doesn’t appear to have the
ability to charge at the higher rates some newer fast-chargers offer. Mazda is
partnering with EV charger company ChargePoint to offer home charging options
for MX-30 buyers.       

Mazda’s announcement also included a preview of some
additional models that will follow, including a series plug-in hybrid that uses
a rotary engine as a generator as well as a traditional hybrid. The use of the
rotary engine should excite some enthusiast who are enamored with the engine’s
unique design and smooth power. Mazda deployed the Wankel rotary in models from
1967 through 2002.

Interior Details

Inside the five-door MX-30 you’ll find a typical Mazda driver-oriented
layout with control laid out for easy use while driving. The car will feature a
floating center console and other areas that use cork, a renewable and
eco-friendly material that also hints of Mazda’s origin as a cork manufacturing
company more than a century ago. That console features an electronic shifter, a
multi-function “commander” knob and shortcut buttons to control the Mazda
Connect infotainment system. A 7.0-inch touchscreen provides access to the car’s
various functions.

Mazda MX-30 EV
Using cork creatively

Mazda Connected Services will allow owners to monitor and
control various functions of the car remoted through the MyMazda App. Owners
will be able to lock and unlock doors, adjust the climate control and checking
on the battery status/charging status through the app.

The MX-30’s five doors may be one of its more unique features. Its rear doors are described as “freestyle,” which means they are rear hinged so they are center opening, allowing greater access to the rear space. That said, they’re not full doors like those found on the CX-30, so will present a new process for those who’ll be uses the rear seat.

The car will come with a full suite of advanced safety equipment. We look forward to getting behind the wheel of this new entry and providing readers with a full report of how it stacks up in the expanding world of electric crossovers.

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