2020 Mazda MX-30: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - October 26, 2019

Model Preview

Recently, Mazda began teasing a potential electric vehicle. At the Tokyo Motor Show, we finally got our first-ever glimpse at the brand-new MX-30 electric crossover.

A quick glance at the body, and you may think, “yep, it’s an electric CX-30.” Well, you’re close, but not entirely accurate. While it boasts many cues tied to the gasoline-only subcompact crossover, the MX-30 features a more coupe-like rear glass and a very un-Mazda-like nose that slaps a more aero-friendly slit-style grille in place of the brand’s signature big-mouth piece. The other signature this EV crossover boasts are the Honda Element-like suicide doors that Mazda has playfully rebranded “freestyle” doors.

Inside, Mazda did some creative designing to give this tiny crossover a more spacious feel, including a dash with more horizontal lines, a “floating” center console and gear shifter, and very few buttons or knobs cluttering things up. The latter is made possible by a 7-inch touchscreen climate-control system that may or may not end up being a point of frustration for owners. Joining this climate control system is a 7-inch dash-top infotainment screen.

Under its skin, the new Mazda MX-30 will initially arrive with only electric power. Mazda kept the powertrain details relatively vague at the auto show, but earlier reports claimed this EV would boast a 35.5-kilowatt-hour battery feeding an electric motor with 143 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. There are also reports of a range-extender option that will add a gasoline generator to North America-bound MX-30 models. And now the fun part… reports indicate this range-extending generator could use a rotary engine.

Mazda MX-30

Mazda has turned much of its focus to safety in recent years, and the MX-30 will push this agenda further. In addition to all the great safety features Mazda offers today, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian braking and more, the 2020 MX-30 will add Turn-Across Traffic, which will stop you from turning left across an intersection if there is traffic coming.

We have some time to wait before the Mazda MX-30 goes through any safety testing in the U.S. – if it ever does – but a point of reference can be the IIHS Top Safety Pick CX-3. Assuming the MX-30 will ride on related architecture, we would expect similar ratings.

Pricing & Release Date

Mazda announced the MX-30 would arrive in Europe in 2020, but it made no mention of the U.S. There have been reports of a release as late as 2021, which would likely make it a 2022 model.

Until there is clarity on what versions of the MX-30 will be available in the U.S. and when it will arrive, its pricing is up in the air. As a point of reference, the current Mazda CX-3 ranges from $21,435 to $28,190 (destination fees included). Given the market for EVs and the CX-3’s range, we wouldn’t be shocked to see a base price just north of $30,000.

The Mazda MX-30 will compete with the Kia Niro Electric, Hyundai Kona Electric, and the upcoming Tesla Model Y.

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