Mazda MX-30 Concept Is A Near Production Electric Crossover With RX-8 Style Rear Doors

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.

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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.

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  • McFly

    So, they’re moving away from the Kodo design language already?

    • Ben

      To be fair, they’ve used it for sometime now. However, I’ll say don’t fix what ain’t broke.

    • jfalckt

      Isn’t Kodo the one they use on the latest Mazda3? That does have similarities to this, especially at the rear.

      • McFly

        Yes, it still looks like a Mazda – they usually get that right. And it’s a good looking car.

        But Kodo is “the beauty of motion” and is supposed look like “the flow of air and water” and muscles on wild animals. I can see that in Mazda 3 and 6, but not really in this.

        When I compare this car to the CX3 I think the difference in lines is quite clear.

    • Kitty Pourquoi

      Kodo II also means a clean design. This MX-30 looks more Mitsubishi-like or something but still not a lot of lines and details. And I love that Mazda doesn’t put (huge) fake intakes in the front- and rear bumper

  • Marcus Meyn

    Best Car Magazine does it again.

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    I love Mazda but my first impression is “yuk”

    • Kitty Pourquoi

      I want to add that building another car that isn’t family friendly isn’t a smart move. The Mazda2, Mazda3, CX-3, CX-30 and Mazda6 are already less spacious than a lot of competitors

    • Nordschleife

      Hit the nail on the head of exactly how i feel.

  • Arct1c

    In a world of big grilles, I cannot believe I am saying this, but the grille is too small.

  • Enter Ranting

    That thing is unlovely. It looks like an Igloo cooler on wheels.

    • Bob

      Unlovely. Stolen.

  • Bobby Lee

    Clam shell doors? I hope it will be a proper 4 door for the production model, otherwise a huge mistep.

  • THE REAR DOORS WERE DUMB ON THE RX-8 AND EVEN MORE SO ON AN SUV.

    • redav

      I owned an RX-8. Those rear doors were fantastic.

      • I FEEL SORRY FOR ANYONE STUCK IN THE BACKSEAT OF THAT TINY CAR.

        • redav

          We could fit 3 people comfortably. The rear seats were actually very nice for a sports car–much better than a Mustang or Camaro. I couldn’t put anyone behind the driver, though. Ingress/egress was genuinely great compared to other coupes.

  • For any other manufacturer, this looks OK. But for a Mazda, this is hideous.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Looks terrible… tiny wheels, ungraceful sloppy roof and the design overall looks dated… like year 2002-2006

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  • Ken Lyns

    Those are half-doors, so more like a Saturn Ion coupe or Toyota FJ Cruiser…

    • JRP

      …or Mazda RX-8.

      • Alduin

        Or Honda Element.

  • Alduin

    I thought Mazda said they wouldn’t make EV’s now all of a sudden they are? Which is it?

  • Wandering_Spirit

    They surely do not lack creativity and a certain amount of good taste. Not always. But most of the time.

  • Matt

    Strange how visible the battery pack is under the sills. Overall the design reminds me of the new Toyota SUV design language.

  • I get that EVs don’t need a huge grille (hello Audi) but if this front isn’t bad looking, it’s really not as good looking as Mazda’s ICE cars.

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