MAZDA MX-30 REVIEWS | 2020 MODEL
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2020 Mazda MX-30 Deep Dive – Carbon Curber
SOURCE: AUTOCAR | YEAR: 2020 | WORDS: KYLE CASSIDY
Mazda’s new MX-30 EV is being introduced to help reduce CO2 emissions for its maker. And emanating from Hiroshima, it’s not your usual EV
Mazda recently revealed its first production-ready EV model at the Tokyo Motor Show, and invited us along to unearth the details on the car and the philosophy behind it. Because, being a Mazda, it’s an EV that has been conceived a little differently.
But first, a few of those details. The MX-30 is a small SUV, based on the CX-30, and so is just shy of 4.4m long, fitting into the line-up size wise between CX-3 and CX-5. Why the MX badge? Mazda trots this out for special vehicles that ‘explore new territory for the brand’.
The company calls the design “Human Modern”, the latest evolution of Mazda’s Kodo design movement. You might think a grille unnecessary on an EV, but they wanted people to ‘feel an affection’ for the MX-30 and it ‘needed a familiar brand expression’.
There are no creases or curves to give the form motion; instead it’s the fastback styling that does it, which is accentuated by the use of Freestyle rear doors. These the designers said gave them more freedom with the roofline as they were able to minimise the size of the door opening.
Like the RX-8, there is no B-pillar, but they tell us the MX-30 is more rigid than the CX-30 thanks to the floor-mounted battery pack, which is used as a stressed member to reinforce the chassis.
This is it: Mazda unveils its first electric car, the all-new MX-30
SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2019 | WORDS: PHIL GIFFORD
Mazda’s electric vehicle, the MX-30, was unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show. Put an immediate tick in the “breakthrough” column for the car giant.
Using a water cooled lithium ion battery to power the car makes it the first time Mazda has entered the field of electric vehicles, or EVs.
What made the reveal more startlingly was that the more you learned about the MX-30 the more innovations were revealed.
Some will surprise the purist. What Mazda call their Kodo design, seeking a look of solidity, means they’ve dropped the signature wing that is used on all other models in their line-up.
There been suggestions in the past that too many EVs looked like the mechanical version of a silverbeet smoothie, so determined to be politically correct a driver ran the risk of dozing off just looking at the car.
No chance of that with the MX-30. Hell, just getting into the MX-30 is different. There are no pillars between the front and rear doors. You open the front door first, out to a big 82 degree angle, and then the back door opens in the opposite direction, giving extraordinary access to the back seat.
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