Unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the Mazda MX-30 is the marque’s very first production EV. While the brand has taken its time to launch a fully electric car, it seems that the wait has been worthwhile as the MX-30 has a lot more going for it than electric-only power.
For starters, there’s an appealingly chunky design with rear-hinged suicide doors, harking back to the brand’s RX-8 sports car from the early 2000s. Together with the lack of a B-pillar, those doors should ease ingress for rear-seat passengers, while allowing the MX-30 to retain its sleek looks. Inside, like the BMW i3, Mazda has carefully chosen materials that drive home the environmentally-friendly message. Not only have recycled bottles been used to manufacture some of the fabrics, but there’s even a center console made of cork.
Beneath the adventurous design is a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery, providing a range of about 130 miles from a single charge. This is down on the likes of the Kia Niro EV’s 239 miles, so Mazda clearly hasn’t tried to move the goalposts in this aspect. Charging an empty battery to 80 percent will take around 40 minutes with a 50kW rapid charger. Pricing has yet to be announced and initial deliveries of the MX-30 are only planned for early 2021 in Europe, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer for what looks like a fascinating addition to the EV market.