Mazda unveils MX-30 electric vehicle

Mazda has unveiled the MX-30, the company’s first mass-production electric vehicle.

The model adopts Mazda’s new electric-drive technology, e-Skyactiv, and a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery. Details are a little light at the moment, but a battery that size should be good for around 200km or so and AC (up to 6.6kW) and DC chargers (CCS Type 2 Combo and CHAdeMO plug types) are supported.

Styling is very cool. The MX-30 certainly looks good and the centre-pillarless, freestyle doors are a nice touch. There’s an environmentally friendly philosophy going on here too with plenty of ‘green’ materials being used, such as fabric made from recycled plastic and cork left over from the production of bottle stoppers.

The tech on the inside is clever. A floating centre console stands independent of the surrounding interior components and is home to all necessary controls. This combines with a new touchscreen display.

The model also includes 2.5A USB connectivity and a 150W AC outlet, making it possible to charge devices with larger batteries, such as notebook computers.

In the MX-30, Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which uses the powertrain to improve chassis performance, has evolved into e-GVC Plus, which leverages the torque characteristics of the electric motor to optimise the front-rear load shift under a wide range of usage scenarios.

As with many new cars, safety tech is a big focus for the MX-30.

The MX-30 further evolves Mazda’s i-Activsense technology. Turn-Across Traffic functionality has been added to the existing Smart Brake Support (SBS) system to help prevent collisions when turning across traffic at intersections. The MX-30 also introduces Road Keep Assist and Emergency Lane Keeping with Blind Spot Assist. On the passive safety front, despite the MX-30 adopting the centre-pillarless Freestyle door system, Mazda says that a rigid body and structures that efficiently absorb crash energy achieve a high level of collision safety performance.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Nov) 2019

6 Nov 2019