Mazda already has a wide range of crossovers in its lineup – from the compact CX-3 to the large 7-seater CX-9. Now, another crossover has joined the party, expanding the already vast line up even more, and it could be their coolest crossover yet.
It's called the MX-30, and it was first revealed at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show as Mazda's first mass-produced electric vehicle. However, it seems like the sporty-looking crossover won't be offered strictly as an EV as the company as announced that a mild-hybrid variant will be going on sale together with the battery-electric version.
Design-wise, the MX-30 has a distinct look compared to all other models in Mazda's current lineup. It doesn't even look anything like the CX-30 it is based on. Upfront, it has a slim grill in place of the large grill we've gotten used to seeing on nearly all current Mazda models. Squared-off wheel arches and thick black cladding all around further distances the MX-30 from the rest of the brand's current design.
The coolest and most interesting exterior feature of the MX-30 would have to be the doors, as the crossover has coach doors (AKA: "suicide" doors) for the rear seats. Mazda calls those “freestyle doors”, and are used in a similar manner to the long discontinued Mazda RX-8 and the Toyota FJ Cruiser. The idea behind this is to make the passengers feel welcome when entering the cabin of the crossover.
Once inside, the cabin is lined with environmentally friendly materials. The center console is mostly made of cork and the fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles. Despite the eco-friendly components, it is still very modern. In front of the driver sits a digital instrument cluster. Meanwhile, front and center is a large “floating” digital infotainment display.
As mentioned earlier, the MX-30 is Mazda's first mass-produced EV and will be offered together with a mild-hybrid version. The MX-30 EV packs an electric motor supported by a 35.5 kWh battery with a power output of 143 PS and 264 Nm torque and 200km of range. Meanwhile, the mild-hybrid variant features the same powertrain as the one available in Mazda3 and CX-30 called e-Skyactiv G. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine together with a small electric motor producing 145 PS and a 6-speed automatic transmission. In Japan, the MX-30 MHEV will be available with both 2WD and 4WD.
There's no word yet whether the MX-30 will make its way to the Philippines. But over in Japan, the MX-30 MHEV retails for 2,420,000 yen (PhP 1,105,000) and 2,656,500 yen (PhP 1,212,900) for the 2WD and 4WD models, respectively.
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