Here is the big news for the U.S. people, ready to start this 2021 by welcoming Mazda MX-30. When Mazda revealed its all-electric MX-30, people got impressed with its unique styling, but it was not for America. Now, the company has changed the decision, they are bringing Mazda MX-30 with pure EV and rotary range-extended plug-in hybrid to America.
Mazda North American president confirmed that they are bringing their first electric car that is MX-30 to the U.S. market, and it will offer both a fully electric model and a series of a plug-in hybrid with a rotary range extender. The company feels that the range-extender version of Mazda will be more appropriate for the U.S. market.
The model that was revealed in 2019, consists of the features of small crossovers with five seats and rear half-doors similar to a rotary-powered sports car known as RX-8. This EV version MX-30 will be the first EV model of Mazda in America, along with the first rotary-powered model after the exit of RX-8 production.
Mazda electric crossover is paired with a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery with an e-Skyactiv electric motor and generates 143 horsepower. The battery provides a driving range of 124 miles on the WLTP cycle that uses only electricity. This car is available with emission justification even for the small battery pack and shorter range.
Currently, the overall specs for the plug-in hybrid haven’t been announced but we are expecting it to be powered by an electric motor. MX-30’s engine will use an unconventional rotary design while the models like BMW i3 and Chevy Volt with gasoline engine will deliver a range-extender that plug in to charge the battery pack.
The MX-30 range extender will first arrive in Japan in the second half of 2022, which means there is still some time to arrive in the US. The testing of the prototype version is already happening, and it will offer around 250 miles of total range with gasoline and electricity.
Mazda MX-30 will be featured with an unconventional layout, the company called it freestyle doors. Mazda hasn’t revealed much information about the pricing and arrival of MX-30 with the rotary range extender in the U.S. yet, but maybe we will get to know more about it by the end of the year, it will possibly arrive at the dealers in 2022 or 2023 model.