Mazda's electric SUV concept will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show this week.
Back in July, Mazda filed a trademark for the "MX-30" name, but it wasn't clear if Mazda intended to use it for a new model. However, we now know this is the name of Mazda's first-ever fully electric model, which will be unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show this week.
Mazda has been teasing its new EV with videos and shadowy teaser images, but a leaked photo sent to Carscoops taken from the cover of Japan's Web Car magazine shows the design in all its glory a few days before the official reveal. It's called the MX-30 Concept, but the design looks production-ready.
As we suspected from last week's video released by Mazda, the MX-30 Concept takes the form of a sleek, coupe-style SUV with a long roof, a sloping roofline, and a slim grille. Mazda promised the EV will have a "unique door concept," and the photo confirms it will have rear doors devoid of visible handles, much like the RX-8 coupe. We can also see 3D taillights extending from the back.
The styling is an evolution of Mazda's "Kodo-Soul of Motion design" that was introduced for the all-new Mazda3, but Mazda says it previews a new design direction that's "more in touch with futuristic values and changing lifestyles," and a front fascia with a "friendly expression."
We don't get a look inside the cabin, but Mazda has said the interior will have a unique design featuring "sustainable materials". Powertrain details also haven't been confirmed, but there's a good chance the production model will pack the same 35.5-kWh battery pack and an electric motor producing 141 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque as the e-TPV Prototype based on the CX-30.
Mazda will share more details about the MX-30 Concept when the electric SUV makes its world debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show on October 23.