The Japanese automaker Mazda has officially unveiled its first mass-produced electric car.
The MX-30 model was based on the CX-30 with the e-Skyactiv powerplant and the e-GVC Plus control system. According to expert forecasts, the power of the electric car will be about 144 hp, and the range will be about 210 km.
The MX-30 model received an unusual design of rear-opening side doors, which were previously used only in the Mazda RX-8 coupe. Due to the lack of a central pillar in the car, a wide entrance is provided when both doors are open. In general, the model is a five-door hatchback, the main dimensions of which are most reminiscent of the Mazda 3.
It is expected that the MX-30 will be significantly inferior to many models in terms of range. The use of a relatively weak battery at Mazda is explained by concern for reducing emissions during the life cycle of a car, noting that the electric car will be sold, including as a second car in a family and serve to move around the city for short distances.
Inside, the electric car will feature a horizontal layout philosophy and will receive a 7-inch touch screen that will be used, including for climate control. It will be located between the gear shifter and the center console, which will be partly made of cork. The decoration will use environmentally friendly materials. In particular, the seats will receive a new fabric created from a mixture of textiles and recycled plastics.
It is known that the model will be put into mass production in 2020. Pre-orders for the MX-30 will be accepted from next summer. Mazda plans It is worth launching sales in Japan in the second half of 2020, and in European markets in early 2021. It is predicted that the electric car may also appear in the US market. Prices for Mazda's first electric model have yet to be revealed, but market participants expect the MX-30 to start at around $38,500.