The little crossover is sure to be a hit.
Mazda is working on making itself a better brand, and with more rear-wheel-drive models on the way, that can only mean cars that are better to drive. However, the Korean contingent of manufacturers are taking bigger slices of the pie than ever before, and Mazda needs more than just staple offerings to remain competitive. Thus, Mazda MX-30 arrives to take on the likes of the Hyundai Kona EV. An all-new model that slots in below the CX-30 in terms of sizing, it's a clean little crossover, not just in terms of its coupe-like design, but also because it's all-electric. And now the hybrid variant has launched in Japan, so we should be receiving it on our shores soon, as was recently rumored.
Mazda calls its system M hybrid and promises "quiet and smooth acceleration and a high-quality drive feel [along with] excellent fuel efficiency." This hybrid model will reach dealers in Japan in January next year with Mazda expecting to sell 1,000 units there every month. One of the biggest talking points is the decision to incorporate the same sort of doors as the ill-fated RX-8 sports car, but this will probably become a secondary concern now that we know a hybrid model is definitely coming to complement the regular MX-30.
Inside, tech is blended with sustainably sourced materials, with two seven-inch screens in the center of the cabin and an 8.8-inch driver info display while cork is used for the center console and door grips, made from naturally derived and environmentally friendly tree bark. Synthetic leather and cloth are used for the upholstery in a couple of color options and wherever possible, recycled materials are used for finishing the cabin.
While the regular MX-30 we receive is expected to be fitted with a powerplant producing 143 horsepower, the hybrid version seems a little less powerful, with a maximum output of 113 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. That's still enough to get you into a severe crash if you're not careful, but Mazda has added plenty of tech to prevent this. Along with intersection collision mitigation and lane keep assist, the A-pillar and roof of the MX-30 have also been strengthened to make up for the lack of a B-pillar, while the inside of the rear door has also been reinforced. As for pricing, the 2WD hybrid model starts at the equivalent of $22,830 while the AWD version starts at the equivalent of just over $25,000.