Mazda has taken to the Tokyo Motor Show this year to show off the all-new MX-30 crossover. This vehicle, based on the CX-30, is the brand’s first battery-electric model that will hit the streets of some global markets next year.
The MX-30 is powered by a single electric motor found at the front axle. This motor is provided juice from a 35.5-kWh battery pack that rests flat in the floor. If that battery pack sounds low for a fully-electric vehicle, you’d be correct. Mazda says the smaller battery pack is allowing them to keep the MX-30’s price down and allow the vehicle’s overall carbon footprint to be lower than an EV with a bigger battery pack.
Mazda says the smaller battery pack should still offer buyers 130 miles of range. Buyers will have 141 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque to enjoy during those 130 miles.
Those wanting additional range will be in luck. Mazda will eventually rollout an extended-range version of the MX-30 that has a rotary engine as a backup. This version of the MX-30 will likely debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Both versions of the MX-30 are expected to drive more like a traditional car than most EVs. Mazda has programmed the MX-30 to gradually produce power, versus the burst of instant torque typical of electric powertrains. Even the regenerative braking is described as mild, while an artificial engine noise is piped into the cabin to mirror acceleration.
Despite appearances to the contrary, the MX-30 does have four doors. One most open the front doors to access the rear-hinged rear doors. We can’t help but point out the nod these doors provide to the RX-8; perhaps a subtle way to honor the eventual rotary engine that will lie under the hood.
So far Mazda has not confirmed if or when the MX-30 will arrive in the United States. Our best guess is the MX-30 arriving stateside in 2021.