With more and more automakers venturing into the electric vehicle segment, Mazda recently joined the party after launching its first production EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
Introduced as the MX-30, the tall hatchback crossover pays tribute to its corporate crossover siblings like the CX-5 through the similar-looking front fascia. But what sets it apart from other SUVs in Mazda’s lineup is the fast roofline that suggests a sporty vibe. It also sports two suicide doors that allow access to the rear seats, a deviation from the usual four-door setup seen on the Mazda RX-8 sports car.
The front and rear doors of the five-seater crossover can open up to 82 degrees and 80 degrees, respectively, making it easier for passengers to get in and out of the car.
The interior, meanwhile, features a gauge cluster and dashboard with simple design, while a 7-inch touchscreen sits underneath where the climate controls are located. The screen is placed on a floating console that also comes with storage space and houses the electronic gear shifter and control knob.
Mazda was going for a nature-friendly theme with the electric vehicle, which explains the use of cork for the center console and the soft fabric made from recycled bottles lining the interior.
The MX-30 is powered by a 35.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, but the output numbers and estimated electric driving range are yet to be released. What’s confirmed so far, though, is that both Level 1 and Level 2 charging options are available for the model, as well as a combination-spec DC fast-charger.
It is also equipped with what Mazda refers to as the e-Skyactiv powertrain for regenerative braking, along with the G-Vectoring Control that helps manager side-to-side motions of the vehicle. The brand’s i-Activsense safety suite will also come as standard. The full suite includes the company’s latest technology on lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, and nighttime and bicycle detection.