Mazda has taken the wraps off its first mass-production electric vehicle, unveiling the new MX-30 at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
The new electric crossover measures 4 395 mm long, 1 795 mm wide and 1 570 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2 655 mm. Employing what the Japanese firm calls its new "e-Skyactiv" powertrain, the MX-30 makes around 105 kW and offers a claimed range of about 210 km.
According to Mazda’s “provisional figures”, the European-spec model features a 35,5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, capable of handling a maximum AC charging input of 6,6 kW.
You’ll no doubt have noticed the suicide doors at the rear, made possible by what Mazda calls a “centre-pillar-less” system. Despite this unusual arrangement of the portals, the firm says the MX-30 offers “excellent collision safety performance” thanks to its rigid body (and, of course, careful protection of the high-voltage battery).
Inside, you’ll find various interesting materials, such as cork and fabrics made from recycled resources, as well as a seven-inch touchscreen display.
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