Mazda Australia to welcome arrival of first electric vehicle model in 2021
Mazda will be the latest manufacturer to introduce an electric model into its Australian line-up in 2021 after confirming the all-new MX-30 crossover is on its way down under.
First unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019, the MX-30 represents Mazda’s first steps into the electric vehicle (EV) realm, with the vehicle first going on sale internationally earlier this year.
The sleek new model has been designed with a focus on emerging values and lifestyles among Mazda’s target audience in mind, with a bold exterior showing off the vehicle’s size and the unique front-end styling representing vitality and reliability.
Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi said the MX-30 was designed to take the brand into the new age.
“MX-30 is the bold next step of Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 strategy,” said Bhindi.
“Combining modern design and sustainable, tactile interior materials, the MX-30 has been created to stimulate the senses and connect with the driver and its occupants.
Bhindi also said that although the MX-30 represented a new era, the vehicle is still undeniably Mazda in its appearance.
“While furthering our ‘well to wheel’ emissions reduction strategy, the MX-30 remains a Mazda at heart: it is poised, agile and fun to drive with exceptional handling.”
The MX-30 will come in two green powertrain options, the e-Skyactiv G with mild hybrid technology, and the fully electric e-Skyactiv system.
Mazda’s innovative new e-Skyactiv powertrain combines a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a 107kW/271Nm electric motor into a single high-voltage unit that sits towards the front of the vehicle, providing 224km of comfortable driving range.
Also encompassed in the electric model is a specific Electronic G-Vectoring Control Plus system that leverages the torque from the motor to improve performance in the chassis.
Meanwhile, the hybrid model will be powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine combined with Mazda’s ‘M Hybrid’ system, good for a 6.4L/100km fuel efficiency.
The hybrid edition will arrive in Australia in early 2021, while the fully electric model is expected to be made available by the middle of the year.
Full pricing and specification details will become available closer to release.
Source: Mazda Australia
21 December 2020