This year’s Tokyo Motor Show was the host of a really interesting vehicle that comes from Mazda. The Japanese car manufacturer brought an urban and good-looking crossover which promises to be affordable as well. The EV was introduced as the 2020 Mazda MX-30 EV in the homeland, though the North American model will come as the 2021 MY and will be slightly different when it’s compared with this one.
Regarding the Japanese-spec model, it comes paired with a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery that’s flat and stored inside the floor of the car. The electric SUV is a front-wheel-drive car since it uses a single electric motor that’s fitted to the front axle. The motor makes 141 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, while the car can travel up to 130 miles before the battery squeezes out the last sparkle. The model, however, won’t reach the North American soil at all. Instead, the automaker will give a try with an extended-range version which will come as the 2021 Mazda MX-30. Reportedly, that one will use the aforementioned drivetrain that will be “better” for a small rotary engine.
Even though it’s an EV, the 2020 Mazda MX-30, the crossover gets no instant torque as expected. Instead, the model increases its twist gradually. We’ve almost forgotten to mention that the SUV features quite modest regenerative braking too; plus, the automaker decided to add optional piped-in sounds which get louder as the car speeds up. The feature can be turned off, so you don’t have to worry about the noise at all.
It’s a little bit complicated to access the rear seats since you reach the rear-door handless only after you open the front doors. Inside of the cabin, the 2020 Mazda MX-30 gets an all-digital treatment with a clear and clean instrument cluster and the infotainment screen at the right place. There’s also the third display at the bottom of the center stack for various functions. Interestingly, there’s no leather treatment for the model.
Mazda hasn’t released any pricing info regarding the 2020 MX-30 EV at the moment, do stay tuned for updates.