Mazda’s first EV here coming this fall
Will be followed by rotary range-extender version
Mazda‘s first EV for North America is just about ready to arrive. The MX-30 will offer a 35.5 kWh battery, and the brand’s Canadian boss says that the rotary-generator hybrid will be coming for the MX-30 along with a new PHEV and new hybrid crossovers.
The Mazda MX-30 BEV will arrive at Canadian dealers in Quebec and BC starting this fall, as well as US dealers in California. The compact crossover’s styling is somewhat of a return of the RX-8 in crossover form, including that car’s rear-opening half-doors for the back seat.
Mazda says the 35.5 kWh battery will drive a front-mount electric motor with 144 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the small size, the battery should charge from 20 to 80 percent in just 36 minutes on a DC fast charger. While Mazda Canada and US didn’t offer a range estimate, the car comes with a 200 km figure on the generous WLTP cycle used elsewhere.
Special details inside include the use of cork for the centre console and door grips. The material is both eco friendly and an homage to the automaker’s roots.
In the announcement, Mazda Canada President and CEO David Klan confirms that a version of the MX-30 with a rotary engine range extender is coming here. “The MX-30 is the first step in our multi-solution approach to electrification, which considers many factors and will allow us to continue providing the right products for our customers as market demands continue to change. The introduction of the MX-30 BEV will begin a shift to more electrified models, including a series plug-in hybrid with a rotary generator for MX-30,” he said.
The announcement also confirms that Mazda will be introducing a PHEV for its new large vehicle platform, suggesting its CX-5 and CX-9 crossovers, and that it will introduce a traditional hybrid version of the upcoming US-built crossover that will be in partnership with Toyota.