Mazda confirms MX-30 hybrid and electric for 2021

MAZDA has confirmed the arrival of its 2021 MX-30 crossover for the first half of next year, with the green powered vehicle offering a choice of e-Skyactiv G with mild hybrid technology, or the fully electric e-Skyactiv powertrain.

Mazda’s first-ever MX-30 has pushed the boundaries of Kodo design further than ever before. Its exterior is designed to emphasise the vehicle’s solid mass, creating an impression of strength and beauty by minimising clutter.

A stunning three tone contrast exterior paint option is available in Soul Red Crystal, Polymetal Grey and Ceramic Metallic exterior finishes, with a blacked-out roof section and metallic upper body.

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Single colour paint schemes are also available in Machine Grey, Polymetal Grey, Ceramic Metallic, Jet Black and Arctic White.

Referencing the legendary Mazda RX-8 sports car, opening the MX-30’s ‘Freestyle’ doors introduces a forward-thinking cabin that combines a sense of light and space with a wide range of sustainable materials.

Following Mazda’s characteristic driver-centric cockpit design, the MX-30’s interior makes use of floating elements, including the centre console, upper instrument panel and dash displays, while touchscreen air-conditioning controls add simplicity.

Rear-seat occupants are treated to a couch-like experience, with the suicide-style outer-hinged door system offering a true sense of occasion upon entry.

Heritage cork, a tribute to Mazda’s 1920 founding as the Toyo Cork Kogyo company, exemplifies this. The MX-30’s cork interior surfaces are made from sustainable raw materials, derived from tree bark, without cutting the tree down.

Premium vintage leatherette upholstery is created from non-animal materials and manufactured with water rather than solvents, showcasing a tactile quality and premium appearance while being kind to the environment.

Upper door trims are finished in a breathable fabric that is created from recycled PET bottles and the fabric seat trim elements use up to 20 per cent recycled thread.

The MX-30 evolves the Mazda proactive safety philosophy with a comprehensive suite of active and passive safety measures, with the i-Activsense system introducing a turn-across traffic functionality to the smart brake support system.

Road keep assist, which maintains the right track even without lane markings, and emergency lane keeping with blind spot assist, are also included.

For the EV, the high voltage electric power flow is shut down the instant a collision occurs, and the battery module is covered with high-strength steel and a rigid surrounding frame for solid impact protection.

From the interior layout and packaging through to infotainment and connectivity options, the Mazda MX-30 is designed to integrate with its owner’s connected, tech-savvy lifestyle.

A new 7.0-inch touchscreen display sits on the central console and adapts its graphical display to suit the temperature and time of day. Once started, the interior climate control system (including air-conditioning and seat heating) is controlled via this screen.

An 8.8-inch widescreen central display, as seen in the Mazda CX-30 acts as an information centre, while a 7.0-inch TFT LCD meter panel sits in the instrument panel.

The Mazda MX-30 M Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder direct-injection ‘Skyactiv- G’ petrol engine, paired with Mazda’s own ‘M Hybrid’ mild hybrid system. Combined outputs are 114kW and 200Nm, while consuming 6.4-litres/100km.

Combining the virtues of Skyactiv-G with the M Hybrid system provides improved fuel efficiency, a smoother transition from idling stops and a more refined driving feel.

M Hybrid can recover energy generated from vehicle deceleration, improving efficiency and braking ability. The system can shut the internal combustion engine down before the MX-30 comes to a complete stop, thanks to a new belt-driven integrated starter motor.

The M Hybrid battery majors on safety, durability and cold weather performance, and works with the regenerative braking system to store energy levels.

The redeployment of this energy is intelligently controlled, and can be used to assist engine torque, enhance braking power or prolong idle stop time, all while improving fuel efficiency.

A six-speed automatic Skyactiv-Drive transmission is equipped with a torque converter and drives the front wheels. Mazda’s new e-Skyactiv powertrain provides the MX-30 Electric with purely electric power.

Mazda engineers envisioned a way to apply Mazda’s human-centric development philosophy to the EV space, combining a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 107kW/271Nm electric motor into a vehicle that prioritises driver connection.

The electric motor, inverter, DC-DC converter and junction box are integrated into a single high-voltage unit that is mounted towards the front of the vehicle.

Mounted low underneath the floor for maximum driving engagement, the result is a system that can supply 224km of vehicle range (combined, NEDC) while being light, compact, safe and easy to charge.

Using the average Australian daily commute of a 32km ‘round-trip’, the MX-30’s range ensures fuss-free, silent driving over the course of a five-day working week, without the need to charge.

When it is time to plug in, both regular AC and rapid charge DC ports are packaged as a set, accessed on the right rear side of the vehicle.

The first ever Mazda MX-30 will arrive in Australian showrooms in 2021. Further details, pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to launch.

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Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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