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Mazda unveils new MX-30 crossover

Mazda unveils new MX-30 crossover

Mazda has made no secret of the fact that it was planning to join the electric revolution and the MX-30 crossover is the result. What we didn’t know was that this EV would first begin life as a hybrid.

The Mazda MX-30 crossover is based on the very successful CX-30 crossover platform. This version was originally thought to be pure electric but then Mazda revealed the first model is a hybrid to be followed by an EV later.

Mazda MX-30

The Mazda MX-30 has a very modern design that is still similar enough to current cars to be instantly familiar. It has a narrower nose with smaller grille, a small Mazda badge in the centre and angled lighting at each side. A larger bumper area gives the ‘nose’ part of the design.

The rest of the car looks very much like a CX-30 and that’s a good thing. A curved windshield, rolling roof, large hatch and unadorned panels look more effective for their simplicity. It’s a design that has resonated well with buyers of the CX-30 and should do the same here.

We didn’t get to see much of the interior, but what we saw looked good. Two-tone upholstery with contrasting trim, coloured trim in the centre stack and likely elsewhere too, a flat dashboard with minimal detailing and what looks like decent passenger space in back.

Under the skin

Under the skin, the MX-30 is a CX-30 with some modifications. The first version will used a SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre four cylinder engine with electric motor and battery pack to provide mild hybrid drive. Exact specifications have yet to be revealed.

Mazda did say it was a similar setup to the hybrid Mazda3 which uses the 2.0-litre engine and small electric motor and regenerative braking. The motors powers the car’s electronics during normal driving and can help propel the entire car during electric drive.

The original EV version is thought to have an electric motor that generates around 143 hp. The batteries are 35.5kWh, for around 125 miles of range. That’s not a great deal of range considering other models offer in excess of 250 miles, so perhaps this is not correct.

Hybrid cars are very much a viable alternative to full electrics and will serve well to help us transition from gas to electric. Perhaps that’s why Mazda has decided to release the hybrid first and follow up with the EV.

Either way, the Mazda MX-30 is a great looking car both inside and out!

Hopefully, the automaker will release more information as we get closer to release. In the meantime, visit Mazda of Hamilton, 1977 Upper James Street Hamilton, ON L9B 1K8 for current models at very competitive prices!

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