Mazda goes electric with MX-30 crossover at the Tokyo Motor Show
Mazda MX-30 utility gets an EV powertrain, cool RX-8-like suicide doors
Mazda’s first mass-production EV, a compact crossover called MX-30, has suicide doors like the old RX-8 coupe. Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto showed the MX-30 at the Tokyo Motor Show. The MX-30 goes on sale in Europe first starting next year, and word on the street is the EV might come here in 2021. Mazda didn’t mention U.S. sales at the show.
A new Skyactiv powertrain that Mazda calls eSkyactiv uses an electric motor and a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. Mazda didn’t give power outputs, but we’ve seen figures around 142 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque listed. There’s also going to be a range extender available, using a small rotary engine, leading us to believe a U.S. version is indeed likely.
Mazda now calls the suicide doors “freestyle doors,” and there’s no B-pillar between the front and half-rear doors. Mazda says the freestyle doors enhance functionality and “open up a wide range of new and creative uses for the MX-30.” The company said the MX-30 is about the same size as the CX-30, so bigger than a CX-3 and smaller than the CX-5.
Last year Mazda said all of its vehicles would have some form of electrification by 2030, with pure EVs and range extenders making up 5 percent of the lineup. The rest are going to be internal combustion engines paired with mild, standard or plug-in hybrid setups.
We’ll have more details on the new Mazda MX-30 as they become available.