Today at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda finally unveiled its all-electric SUV, the MX-30, which is expected to arrive Europe next year.
Let’s see the press release.
Mazda’s first production electric car, the Mazda MX-30, available now for pre-order following its premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show, has been developed for customers who don’t want to sacrifice driving pleasure when they buy an electric car.
With its unique freestyle doors, ecological materials and right-sized battery giving a range of approximately 200km1, exceeding the 48km average daily drive of the European customer2, the Mazda MX-30 marks another positive step in Mazda’s multi-solution approach to reducing emissions following the recent arrival of the innovative Skyactiv-X engine.
A car with a battery, not a battery with wheels
Commenting on the premiere of the Mazda MX-30, which will arrive in European dealerships during the second half of 2020 (UK 2021), Yasuhiro Aoyama President & CEO of Mazda Motor Europe said:
“As with all our products, our designers and engineers had a very clear goal for our first battery-electric vehicle. It had to have stand out design, be great to drive, something that is key part of Mazda’s DNA and makes us unique when compared with competitors, and most importantly, make a positive contribution to reducing emission across the entire life cycle of the product.
“Alongside the electrification technologies we are introducing across our range, being a smaller manufacturer we focused all our efforts on creating an electric car that we anticipate will be a second car where the range of our vehicle will meet customers’ needs.
“Many of the media who have driven our test vehicle have said it is one of the few electric cars they have driven with the positive characteristics of a regular car. Delivering driving pleasure is at the heart of every Mazda we design and that will be no different in our electric car.”
A focus on the driver
Like every other Mazda, the Mazda MX-30 provides a very natural and responsive driving feel by accelerating, turning and braking exactly as you intend in everyday driving situations.
In the Mazda MX-30, this is achieved through the innovative engineering approaches in the e-Skyactiv package. This includes also the battery being rigidly integrated into the vehicle body structure which enhances the overall body stiffness and provides excellent response to the driver’s input.
In addition, given the importance of sound to a drivers’ perception of torque and speed, the Mazda engineers have also created an electronic sound system inside the Mazda MX-30, which is synchronized to motor torque in sound frequency and sound pressure. This leads to less variation in vehicle speed resulting in very stable driving which is further supported by Mazda’s unique G-Vectoring Control (GVC) has been expanded and uses the advantages of the electric motor (electric G-Vectoring Control Plus).
Distinctive Kodo design
With the Mazda MX-30, we continue the Mazda design focus of “less is more” when it comes to the exterior and interior of our cars.
The cabin has a sense of oneness, flowing from the top of A pillar to the rear end. The color of the framed top roof makes this feeling even clearer. The freestyle doors give the Mazda MX-30 a distinctive and elegant cabin silhouette, as well as providing customers with easier access to both the front and rear seats.
In the interior we are also introducing eco-friendly materials and are replacing much real leather with a vegan alternative. There is also environmentally sourced cork featured in the floating center console which provides creative storage space.
What’s in a name?
Mazda has used the MX prefix on several products that were designed and engineered to challenge the assumptions in the automotive industry at the time. With the MX-5 we created a sporty two seater when the roadster had been dismissed by other manufacturers.
With the Mazda MX-30, we have created a completely new EV experience with the Mazda DNA of unique interior and exterior design and great driving dynamics, ensuring that our customers are still able to experience the joy of driving for which Mazda is famous.
The Mazda MX-30 is available now for pre-order in several EU markets and will arrive in markets during the second half of 2020.
Body type SUV Seating capacity 5 persons Overall length × overall width × overall height 4,395mm × 1,795mm × 1,570mm Wheelbase 2,655mm Powertrain e-SKYACTIV Front suspension MacPherson strut Rear suspension Torsion-beam Steering Rack and pinion Brakes (front/rear/control) Ventilated discs/Solid discs
/Regenerative cooperating brakes
Tire size 215/55R18 Drive battery Type Lithium-ion battery Cell Prismatic Total voltage 355V Total electric power (battery capacity) 35.5kWh Motor Type AC synchronous motor Cooling system Water-cooled Charging DC charging COMBO spec AC charging Maximum input 6.6kW
*The stated figures are provisional values
Curiously, this electric SUV from Mazda shares the same Panasonic 35,5 kWh battery with the much smaller Honda e. We’ll probably see Toyota using the same prismatic battery cells from Panasonic for its electric cars. I imagine an all-electric Toyota Prius with a 35,5 kWh battery not having a much different range than a Hyundai IONIQ Electric with a 38 kWh battery…
Anyway, with an expected WLTP range of just 200 km (124 miles) and a modest on-board charger, it’ll be price and availability that decide Mazda MX-30’s success.
In some European Union countries the Mazda MX-30 can now be ordered and first deliveries are expect in mid-2020. In the Nederlands and Germany the First Edition version costs 33.990 euros, while in France it’s priced at 34.400 euros.