The Mazda MX-30 revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show is its latest crossover model. It’s the automaker’s first fully electric model, and it takes the shape of a small crossover that’s 173.0 inches long, around the same size as the CX-30 that slots in between the CX-3 and CX-5 in Mazda’s SUV lineup.
The MX-30 battery is fixed in a way that improves stiffness across the whole car. Mazda’s nifty torque vectoring control has been advanced further to accommodate an e-motor. There’s even a sound package fitted “which is synchronised to motor torque in sound frequency and sound pressure”. The Mazda views any details on the MX-30’s powertrain, saying only that it’s an EV with a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The MX-30 may only have a single door handle on each side but there are four doors in total. You need to open up the front doors to access the handles for the rear doors which open rearward—the same design was used on the Mazda RX-8.
Carbuzz revealed that the interior materials are decidedly more “natural,” with fibrous textile upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles and renewably sourced cork trim that pay tribute to Mazda’s heritage, having been founded in 1920 as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Company.
The shape of the interior surfaces follows the exterior design, with squared-off forms, a horizontal layout to the dashboard, and a floating center console for an airy and harmonious cabin environment. There’s a 7-inch touchscreen display, a proliferation of power outlets, enough luggage space to swallow four carry-on suitcases, and of course all the advanced driver-assistance and safety systems Mazda has to offer.
Seems like the car will set to launch in late 2020, with UK cars landing in 2021.