Mazda will be bringing its first all-electric vehicle to market soon in the form of the MX-30 SUV, which will offer a plug-in hybrid variant, too. The subcompact crossover has a sharp exterior design with a coupe-like roofline and rear-hinged back doors similar to those found on the BMW i3 electric car . Many details are still hazy, but Mazda says the SUV will come with a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 144-hp front-mounted electric motor. Pre-orders have already started for European buyers and Mazda says the MX-30 will go on sale in the United States this fall, starting in California before expanding to other states.
What’s New for 2022?
Not only is the MX-30 an all-new model for Mazda, it marks the first time the Japanese automaker has experimented with an all-electric powertrain. It’s similarly sized to the current CX-3 and CX-30 crossovers, but borrows the MX nomenclature of the MX-5 Miata , giving us hope that it will be a performance-oriented option in the electric-SUV marketplace.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The all-electric MX-30 will have one 144-hp electric motor that will drive the front wheels; all-wheel drive isn’t available. However, we’ve also learned that there will be a plug-in hybrid version that’ll pair an electric motor with a rotary gasoline engine, so perhaps the all-wheel drive is still on the table. Despite the seemingly low horsepower rating, the MX-30 should still deliver decent low-speed acceleration, but those seeking outright speed may find rivals such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and the Mini Cooper Electric offer more power. When we have a chance to test drive the MX-30, we’ll update this story with driving impressions and test results.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t released fuel-economy estimates for the MX-30, but similar electric vehicles such as the Kona Electric and Bolt EV carry ratings of 120 and 119 MPGe, respectively. We expect the MX-30 to earn a similar rating. For more information about the MX-30’s fuel economy.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The MX-30’s cabin uses natural and sustainable materials such as cork and breathable fabric upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles. The front-seat space looks like it will easily fit two adult Americans, but the rear seat appears to be far more cramped, both in the head and legroom. A floating center console is right on trend and frees up space for storage behind a digitized screen that adjusts the car’s climate-control system. We’re not sure how much cargo space will be available behind the MX-30’s rear seats, but if the similarly sized CX-3 is anything to go by, Costco runs may require folding the rear seats flat.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Called i-Activsense, the bundle of features provides collision-mitigation and lane-keeping features to help reduce the risk. For more information about the MX-30’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.