Mazda MX-30 revealed with hybrid powertrain
Mazda’s MX-30 is the company’s first electric vehicle, and is due on sale here next year.
EV-angelical types have already dismissed it as it doesn’t come with a mega-kwh battery and an unnecessarily long range. Mazda’s strategy with the MX-30 is to target urban types who have no need for a big, heavy, expensive battery full of the earth’s rare metals. And these EV zealots are going to be pooh poohing Mazda’s latest move, with the company revealing an MX-30 with a mild-hybrid powertrain. At a motoring event held on the weekend in Tokyo, the company debuted the car amongst an array of historic vehicles as part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
The powertrain in question is the same as that used by the new CX-30 in Europe which features a 2.0-litre petrol and a mild hybrid arrangement. This is described on the Mazda website as ‘using a small generator to capture energy that is normally wasted during braking. It stores that energy using it to assist the engine, saving fuel in the process by powering the car’s electrical systems and optimising your drive’.
No word on what market this MH MX-30 is intended for, but it will help Mazda sell a few more of its uniquely styled crossover coupes.