After living by its internal combustion Skyactiv lineup to deliver superior fuel economy without sacrificing performance, Mazda has finally given in and unveiled its first-ever electric vehicle. Here’s what to expect from the 2022 Mazda MX-30.
The 2022 Mazda MX-30 will be a subcompact crossover with proportions similar to the existing CX-30. It’ll boast the slight hood overhang the automaker has become known for, but it’ll use a new, thinner grille. The roofline will be more coupe-like, giving it a slick silhouette, while its backside will feature a set of round taillights to add a futuristic touch. The MX-30’s most unique touch will be its reverse-opening rear doors.
Inside, the 2022 MX-30 will feature a simple yet modern design with many straight lines and minimal drama that’s accented by a floating center console, large infotainment screen, and more. This cabin will also be eco-friendly with its cork door grips and other renewable materials.
Under its hood, the MX-30 will initially come as a full-electric model with 144 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque heading to the front wheels. This electric motor will draw from a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery that owners can get to 80% charge in just 36 minutes on a DC fast charger. The MX-30 will offer an EPA-estimated range of 100 miles on a full charge, considerably less than competitors like the Hyundai Kona EV (258 miles).
Safety gear and ratings aren’t determined yet, but Mazda said the MX-30’s “enhanced i-Activsense safety features help cover a wider range of safety scenarios while its high strength body helps protect the space-saving battery and most importantly the MX-30’s occupants.” We expect to see standard automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise at a minimum.