Mazda MX-30 Is Brand’s First Serious EV, Has Small 35.5 kWh Battery

Mazda has unveiled its first mass-production electric vehicle in the form of the Mazda MX-30 on the eve of the Tokyo Motor Show.

The Japanese car manufacturer says the MX-30 features a single front-mounted electric motor receiving juice from a 35.5 kWh battery pack in the floor that’s said to be good for around 124 miles (200 km) of range. Mazda is yet to specify all that many details about the vehicle’s powertrain although we know that recent prototypes of the MX-30 have delivered 142 hp and 194 lb-ft of torque from the aforementioned electric motor.

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

Underpinning the vehicle is Mazda’s e-SkyActiv platform and the car comes loaded with a bunch of safety features. For example, there is Smart Brake Support (autonomous emergency braking) with Turn-Across Traffic detection using a millimeter-wave radar and forward-facing camera. There is also a Road Keep Assist function that is able to detect soft road edges where there isn’t a line marking. An advanced Blind Spot Assist system has also been developed that prevents a driver from merging into traffic if the driver doesn’t notice the blind-spot sensor on the wing mirrors.

Elsewhere, Mazda has equipped the vehicle with G-Vectoring Control that can momentarily pause the motor’s torque whenever necessary.

The design of the MX-30 is also worth discussing. One of the most intriguing aspects of its design are suicide rear-doors very similar to those from the Mazda RX-8. Elsewhere, clear inspiration has been taken from other Mazda crossovers like the similarly-sized CX-30.

Inside, the MX-30 features a three-spoke steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system sitting at the top of the dashboard, and a secondary touchscreen display used to operate the climate control functions.

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  • Ben

    I love the material choice such as the cork! That being said, it feels like the exterior design is a step back from what Mazda has been putting out.

  • JRP

    Looks quite unique and stylish. I love it.

  • enthusia

    I don’t know how to feel about this. The interior looks quite nice, but everything else seems like a let down.
    and all that black plastic cladding….. why?

  • matrem

    Anybody style that won’t sell. Why did they think it was a good idea?

    • Matt

      It will sell enough, it’s not like Mazda has the capability to produce their EV in high numbers.

  • Arct1c

    Such a nice interior for such a disappointing exterior :/

  • MarketAndChurch

    I would absolutely love this if they had painted cladding, and if the car profile didn’t remind me of the Dodge Caliber, a car whose design I felt polluted the streets unnecessarily. But I mostly like the exterior. It’s… different, and unique. Not a fan of the Mazda tail-lights. The CUV/hatchback mix doesn’t do this car any favors, would have been much better off just doing a regular hatchback or CUV rather than trying to mix those two things together.

  • Brian Regan

    I’m on the fence about the design. There isn’t anything inherently bad about the MX-30, it just doesn’t live up to the standard Mazda has set for itself.

  • Dennis James

    It kind of has an interesting vibe to it, but somehow my brand classifies it as definitely ugly. There is a mix of design cues that simply don’t match in the end. Those nice wheel arches would need different body lines than what was chosen.

    Pontiac Aztek comes to mind, and that is not a compliment.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    I can see this being discontinued in 3 years, if not being replaced with a new electric car

  • Dennis Scipio

    The exterior design is almost kind of a let down, I expected better from Mazda.

  • Jason Panamera

    35.5kWh with 200km of assumed range what of course will be even lower value in real life is just poor in these days.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Should have used real back doors.

    • Sébastien

      It will be so dark/claustrophobic at the back with those suicide doors…

  • Toss

    An ugly car with an improper name.

  • salamOOn

    Is this really brands first serious EV? Because it looks like a joke…. There is nothing done right. I dont know if its more ugly from the inside or the outside. What a shame.

  • Nowan

    ” Mazda has unveiled its first mass-production electric vehicle in the form of the Mazda MX-30 on the eve of the Tokyo Motor Show”
    I thought this car is a concept, ?

    • 6thGear

      It is a production car, not concept. Deliveries to Europe starts early next year.

  • Giziclown

    Mazda had to take an ecar for Europe, they can obviously do much better exterior than this…they still don’t beleive in ecars at all.

  • Bob

    Why do so many manufacturers insist on starting their EV missions with cars that resemble pinched loaves.

  • atomiccow

    It’s like Mazda took a look at what made the BMW i3 a failure and adopted all of it… This seems to have very little of the attention to design detail that Mazda has become known for in more recent times. If not for the taillights and headlights, which look like the previous-gen Mazda 3’s, nothing on the external design says Mazda. The exterior is just dominated by plastic, panel cuts, and duo-tone. It has nothing of the elegant purity of the current Mazda 3’s design.

    • Kyle Newberry

      Well, if we turn away from EV, it would be amazing. It’s not all the cleaner (the Mazda Skyactiv X is cleaner than most EV’s), and let’s not mentioned the Lithium mines lol. Honestly Hydrogen would be the easiest to do, easy to modify the current gas station architecture, and easy to fill up.

  • kinda boring but not that bad. would probably have been better in red.

  • Giziclown

    What is this crap design!!!???
    Mazda’s Kodo department, has gone to Nissan, come on!!!???

  • ctk4949

    Not bad, maybe would look better in a different color.

    • Finkployd

      My thoughts exactly; it’d probably look more familiar in a darker color.
      As of now, pearl white paint with prominent black plastic cladding, grey accents and a black roof… on top of the unusual design, it’s a bit much

  • Nastinupe1911

    Should have just made a CX-5 EV. Perfect size and perfect design.

  • sidewaysspin

    It looks stu – pid but has character.

  • 124 miles range? No, thanks.

  • Marcus Meyn

    The 1/2 door idea should be kept as concept only. Mazda should decide to make it either a 2 door or 3 door. Also, the electric power plant should have more distance to it. Like Tesla, Mazda should use Panasonic’s battery pack.

  • Enter Ranting

    Mazda has some of the most elegant and refined designs on the road. Why is this thing the exact opposite?


  • Dredd2

    what they want whit this? jokes

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    its a cheap car, cost from 26000 dollar (249900 norwegian kr) in norway for the first edition.

  • Truthsayer

    Dear designers of Mazda, have you seen the new Mustang Mach-E Electric SUV?
    Great, so what is this crap!?
    Mazda meant to lead cardesign.
    What do you think how this car will sell with this “New Kodo” Lada Niva design!?

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