Mazda will be the latest manufacturer to introduce an electric model into its Australian line-up in 2021 after confirming the all-new MX-30 crossover is on its way.
First unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019, the MX-30 represents Mazda’s first steps into the electric vehicle (EV) realm.
The MX-30 will come with two powertrain options, the e-Skyactiv G with mild hybrid technology, and the fully electric e-Skyactiv system.
The e-Skyactiv powertrain combines a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a 107kW/271Nm electric motor into a single high-voltage unit that sits towards the front of the vehicle, providing 224km of range.
The electric model incorporates a specific Electronic G-Vectoring Control Plus (e-GVC Plus) system that leverages the electric motor’s torque and actively altering the front axle torque split.
The hybrid model will be powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine combined with Mazda’s ‘M Hybrid’ system, good for a 6.4L/100km fuel efficiency. For the M Hybrid model GVC Plus uses the braking system to manage traction and aid directional stability.
Along with a fresh new design – that includes Freestyle doors that reference the RX-8 sports car – colour schemes include a single-colour option or a three-tone contrast.
On the inside the MX-30 is designed to integrate with a connected, tech-savvy, and environmentally conscious lifestyle.
There are cork surfaces made from sustainable raw materials, vintage leatherette upholstery created from non-animal materials and manufactured with water rather than solvents; while upper door trims are finished in a breathable fabric that is created from recycled plastic bottles. Fabric seat trim elements use up to 20 per cent recycled thread.
Tech-wise, there’s a new, floating centre console which features several controls, including a rotary dial, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen display that sits on the central console and adapts its graphical display to suit the temperature and time of day. An 8.8-inch widescreen central display acts as an information centre.
Safety features are broad, and the MX-30 has received a five-star Euro NCAP rating.
Mazda’s i-Activsense system introduces a Turn-Across Traffic functionality to the Smart Brake Support System, which helps prevent collisions when turning ‘across traffic’, for example, at an intersection. Road Keep Assist, and Emergency Lane Keeping with Blind Spot Assist, are also included.
For the EV, the high voltage electric power flow is shut down the instant a collision occurs, and the battery module is covered with high-strength steel and a rigid surrounding frame for solid impact protection.
Ten airbags are included as standard: front, curtain, front-side, rear-side, front far-side (driver) and a driver’s knee airbag.
The MX-30 M Hybrid will arrive in the first half of 2021, with the MX-30 Electric to go on sale in the middle of the year.