The anticipation for Mazda’s pre-production EV concept is building up as we’re getting closer to the world debut on October 23 at the Tokyo Motor Show.
While the automaker’s official teasers have been less revealing than extreme cold weather clothing, we can now show you a clear photo of the MX-30 Concept, as the EV is curiously named.
The photo is taken from the cover of Japan’s Car Top magazine that our reader Sean S. was kind enough to share with us. The image reveals an intriguing crossover coupe body with tiny rear doors that will no doubt remind Mazda enthusiasts about the RX-8 sports car.
As with the rotary engine-powered coupe, the rear suicide doors feature no visible handles and likely require the front doors to be open first in order to allow access inside. These barely visible rear doors along with the sloping roofline towards the rear clearly entitle Mazda to call the MX-30 Concept a coupe crossover.
Other interesting design cues include the grille which is much slimmer than on Mazda’s latest models and has a recessed look thanks to the bonnet that extends over it. The headlights are new too but not that unfamiliar, while the generous body cladding reminds of the CX-30 crossover. We don’t get a look at the back but it’s pretty clear that the taillights have a three-dimensional shape, as they extend out of the bodywork.
By the looks of it, the MX-30 Concept is pretty much production ready. The production model will be built on a dedicated platform featuring an electric motor delivering 141 HP (143 PS / 105 kW) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque, powered by a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery.