This week Mazda revealed prices, specs and range for its US-tied MX-30 EV crossover, giving us a good idea of what to expect from the company’s first all-electric production car. The MX-30 will go on sale this fall (from now on only in California). The MX-30’s MSRP is $ 33,470 plus $ 1,175 destination and an EPA estimated range of just 100 miles.
According to Mazda’s press release, the MX-30 was designed to “meet the needs of most city dwellers,” with a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted in the ground. It sends the energy to the front wheels via an 80.9 kW electric motor with 143 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. While there is no traditional engine or transmission, the company promises that it will still deliver the same satisfying driving experience that Mazdas are known for. Torque vectoring is standard on all MX-30s, as is steering wheel paddles, which allow the driver to adjust the amount of regenerative braking on the fly.
While the range isn’t impressive, Mazda has partnered with ChargePoint, a third-party charging network, to give MX-30 owners $ 500 credit to top up at public stations or a ChargePoint Level 2 charger to use at home to buy. At a level 3 DC 50 kW public charging station, the battery can be charged to 80 percent in around 36 minutes, and in just under three hours at a level 2 AC 240 V home charger. Mazda will also cover the battery with an 8-year warranty for 100,000 miles.
In addition to the basic equipment for $ 33,470, Mazda will offer the MX-30 with an optional Premium Plus package for $ 3,010. The package contains a variety of active safety systems as well as a Bose audio system with 12 speakers, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree parking camera function, 18-inch alloy wheels and three years of free satellite radio. And for the curious, it is not yet known whether we will receive a version of the MX-30 with the optional gas-powered range extender with rotary engine.
Mazda expects shipments of the MX-30 to begin in California dealerships in October 2021.
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