People have been waiting with bated breath to see Mazda’s first EV, one that has been created entirely in-house by the small Japanese automaker. Now we’ve finally seen the 2020 Mazda MX-30, an all-electric crossover that is getting mixed reactions.
One of the cool callouts the MX-30 makes is the rear suicide doors. They’re similar to the RX-8, a car people nowadays are feeling reminiscent about but couldn’t stop bagging on back when it was new. That combines with a dramatically sloped C-pillar and rear window so you think the vehicle is sleeker and lower. A very modern front fascia that is still quickly identifiable as Mazda design makes for an intriguing presentation.
Looks are great, but performance is key. Mazda’s not saying too much about the electric powertrain, which quite frankly is odd and maybe even a little suspicious. What we do know is there’s a 33.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the floor and that’s it. Mazda won’t say anything about the electric motor(s), power output, range, or recharging times. To be fair, the official press release states the MX-30 will work with DC charging with either the CHAdeMO or COMBO standard. AC charging up to 6.6kW is also possible.
Instead, Mazda goes on and on about little design elements, like its use of cork instead of wood for the interior and how the environmental controls are on a screen that changes graphics depending on the weather.
Even without range, recharge, and power figures released, the automaker is taking preorders for the EV in Europe. Of course Tesla has done similar things, so apparently Mazda thinks this is the way to sell an electric vehicle?