Mazda MX-30 (DR)
Overview
ManufacturerMazda
Model codeDR
ProductionMay 2020 – present
Model years2021–2023 (United States)[1]
AssemblyJapan: Hiroshima (Hiroshima Plant)
DesignerYōichi Matsuda
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
Layout
Platforme-Skyactiv[2]
Doors
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Electric motor
Power output
  • 105 kW (141 hp; 143 PS) (BEV)
  • 125 kW (168 hp; 170 PS) (PHEV)[3]
  • 107 kW (143 hp; 145 PS) (MHEV)[a]
Transmission
Hybrid drivetrain
Battery35.5 kWh prismatic lithium ion[2]
Electric range200 km (124 mi) (WLTP)[2] 100 mi (161 km) (EPA)
Plug-in charging
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,655 mm (104.5 in)[2]
Length4,395 mm (173.0 in)[2]
Width1,795 mm (70.7 in)[2]
Height1,570 mm (61.8 in)[2]

The Mazda MX-30 is a subcompact crossover SUV produced by Mazda and sold as a battery electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or mild hybrid (MHEV) variant.[4] Based on the CX-30, it was unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.[5] Production of the vehicle, which is Mazda's first mass-produced electric car, began at their Ujina factory on 19 May 2020.[6]

Mazda is one of the first and only automakers currently producing a Wankel engine with a rotary piston, it was last delivered in the Mazda RX-8 and is sold in the Mazda MX-30 since October 2023.[7] It works as a generator and increases range with the support of an electric motor.

Overview

Rear view
The MX-30's freestyle doors
Interior

The MX-30 features clamshell doors, referred to as "freestyle doors" by Mazda and previously seen on their rotary-engined RX-8 sports car.[8][9] It uses MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension.[10]

The MX-30 is powered by an electric motor supported by a 35.5 kWh battery with a power output of 105 kW (141 hp; 143 PS) and 264 N⋅m (195 lbf⋅ft) torque, offering a range of 209 km (130 mi).[11] Up to 80% charge can be achieved within 30 to 40 minutes via 40 kW DC charging. With a 6.6 kW AC (1 phase, 230V, 29A) charging unit, the MX-30 is claimed to get fully recharged within 4.5 hours.[12]

The plug-in hybrid variant was presented on 14 January 2023.[3] Its drivetrain operates in series, featuring a rotary engine that acts as a range extender to recharge the batteries, but not to power the vehicle's wheels directly.[13] The Wankel engine is a naturally aspirated single-rotor unit with a chamber volume of 830 cc, petrol direct injection, exhaust gas recirculation, a three-way catalyst and a particulate filter. Its rated power output is 55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp).[3] In Japan, Australia and New Zealand, a gasoline-powered all-wheel-drive mild hybrid version is also available. This version is powered by Mazda's 2.0 L e-Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine.[14]

Markets

Europe

The MX-30 was introduced for the Europe region in the third quarter of 2020.[15][16] Two powertrain options were available: e-Skyactiv (BEV) and e-Skyactiv-R (PHEV).[17]

Japan

The MX-30 went on sale in Japan in 8 October 2020, in a sole grade with four combination packages available. At launch, a 100th Anniversary Special Commemorative Vehicle special edition variant was available, to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the founding as its predecessor Toyo Cork Kogyo Company, Limited in 1920. [18] The e-Skyactiv-G M Hybrid powertrain was marketed first, as it was easy option for many consumers and battery electric vehicles were not high selling compared to hybrid electric vehicles.[19]

In January 2021, the MX-30 EV was released in Japan with 3 grades available at launch: EV, EV Basic Set, and EV Highest Set.[20]

In November 2023, the MX-30 with the e-Skyactiv-R powertrain was introduced in Japan as the Rotary Plug-in Hybrid, with a special edition Edition R variant available.[21]

Australia

The MX-30 went on sale in Australia in April 2021, with three grades available at launch: Evolve, Touring, and Astina.[22] Two powertrain options are available: e-Skyactiv-G M Hybrid (G20e) and the battery electric e-Skyactiv (E35), the latter powertrain comes exclusively in the Astina grade that went on sale shortly in August 2021.[23]

New Zealand

The MX-30 was launched in New Zealand in May 2021 in a sole variant, the e-Skyactiv BEV in the Takami grade.[24] In October 2021, the e-Skyactiv-G M Hybrid powertrain in the Limited grade followed.[25]

North America

The MX-30 EV went on sale in USA in August 2021 with sales limited to the state of California, as a sole variant, a Premium Plus package option was available.[26] In July 2023, the MX-30 was discontinued in the USA due to slow sales of less than 600 units and Mazda USA focusing on introducing newer hybrid cars.[27]

The MX-30 EV went on sale in Canada in February 2021, with two grades: GS and GT.[28]

Malaysia

The MX-30 EV was launched in Malaysia in 29 June 2022,[29] with deliveries began in January 2023, with two grades: Mid and High.[30]

Singapore

The MX-30 EV was launched at the Singapore Motor Show on 16 January 2023, in a sole variant.[31]

Safety

The Mazda MX-30 received a 5-star rating by the Euro NCAP in 2020. It was also the first car to achieve a maximum rating under the new Euro NCAP criteria.[32]

Euro NCAP test results
Mazda MX-30 (2020)[33]
Test Points %
Overall:
Adult occupant: 34.6 91%
Child occupant: 42.8 87%
Pedestrian: 37.0 68%
Safety assist: 11.8 73%

Sales

Year Europe[34] Japan[35] U.S Canada
2020 9,477 2,587
2021 12,249 4,655 61 148
2022 5,849 1,829 324 812[36]
2023 100 662[37]

Awards and reviews

The MX-30 made the 10 Best List of the 2020-2021 Car of the Year Japan Awards.[38] It also won the 2020 Red Dot Design Award in the Electric Vehicle category.[39][40]

Nonprofit consumer organisation Consumer Reports stated, "With such a small battery, the EPA-estimated range is a scant 100 miles. That would have been competitive a decade ago, but it's not in today's EV market." CR called it a "strange little car" and found the vehicle noisy but applauded fit and finish and said it was "a fun little handler."[41]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f Japan, Australia and New Zealand only
  2. ^ Uses CHAdeMO connector in Japan or CCS connector in other markets

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