2021 Mazda MX-30 will be first fully electric vehicle, which made its debut at the 2019 Tokyo car. The subcompact-sized crossover has a crisp exterior design with a roof line similar to a coupe and rear doors with Rear hinges similar to those found in the BMW i3 electric car. Many details remain foggy, but Mazda says the SUV will come with a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor mounted in the front. Advanced orders have already begun for European buyers and we expect the MX-30 to go on sale in the United States sometime in late 2020 or early 2021.
The 2021 Mazda MX-30 is not only the a totally new model for Mazda, but it marks the first time the Japanese automaker has experimented with a fully electric powertrain. It is similar to the current CX-3 and the next CX-30 crossovers, but borrows the MX nomenclature of the MX-5 Miata, which gives us hope that it will be a performance-oriented option in the electric-SUV market.
> Sport: $ 35,000 (est.)
> Touring: $ 38,000 (est.)
> Grand Touring: $ 40,000 (est.)
> Signature: $ 43,000 (est.)
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The MX-30’s cabin uses natural and sustainable materials, such as cork upholstery and breathable fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. The front seat space seems to easily fit two adult Americans, but the back seat seems to be much narrower, both in the headroom and in the legs. A floating center console is fashionable and frees up storage space behind a digitized screen that adjusts the car’s climate control system. We are not sure how much cargo space will be available behind the rear seats of the MX-30, but if the CX-3 of similar size is something to pass, Costco races may require folding rear seats.
Infotainment and connectivity
In addition to the digital panel for MX-30 climate controls and vehicle configuration, a secondary display springs from the dashboard to cover infotainment functions such as the audio system, navigation and backup camera. We hope you use the latest Mazda infotainment system, which was launched in the 3 sedan and hatchback, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Mazda says the MX-30 will have an electric motor and will be mounted in the front under the hood of the SUV. That may mean that the MX-30 will only be offered with front-wheel drive. Mazda hasn’t published information about the MX-30’s horsepower either, but in our experience with electric cars, even the less powerful ones like the Nissan Leaf still provide irregular acceleration.
Reach, charge and battery life
The 2021 Mazda MX-30 will be able to charge with standard AC power, as well as more modern and faster DC chargers. The driving range remains a mystery, but in order to be competitive with the likes of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Hyundai Kona Electric, the MX-30 will have to offer around 250 miles of range.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The EPA has not published fuel-saving estimates for the MX-30, but similar electric vehicles such as the Kona Electric and the Bolt EV with transport capacities of 120 and 119 MPGe, respectively. We expect the MX-30 to obtain a similar rating.
Safety features and driver assistance
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not conducted crash tests on the MX-30, but we expect Mazda to make its driver assistance feature set standard. Called I-Activsense, the feature package provides collision mitigation and lane maintenance functions to help reduce the risk of an accident. Key security features include:
> Automated emergency brake available with pedestrian detection.
> Lane departure warning available with lane maintenance assistance.
> Blind spot monitoring available with rear cross traffic alert.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Assuming that the MX-30 does not receive special warranty coverage, it must come with the same set of policies as its stable position relationships, such as the CX-3, the CX-5 and the CX-9.
> The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles.
> The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles.
> There is no free scheduled maintenance.