Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover Has Doors Like the RX-8's

Joey Capparella
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From Car and Driver

  • Mazda's first full-electric model, the MX-30, is a crossover of an entirely new design.
  • The new model made its debut at the Tokyo auto show.
  • The MX-30's small rear "suicide" doors, body cladding, and generally sporty look are what one would expect from a Mazda with MX in its name.

Mazda revealed its MX-30, a near-production crossover concept, at the Tokyo auto show today. The coupe-like concept is the automaker's first fully electric model. We’re confused about Mazda’s use of the MX acronym for this new model, as those two letters have traditionally been reserved for sports cars such as the MX-5 Miata.

The car does, however, have half rear suicide doors that are reminiscent of those on the RX-8 sports car, so we suppose that could be viewed as a tie-in with Mazda’s sportier offerings. The rear half-doors make this look much more legitimately like a coupe/SUV than many other that claim that mantle. The swoopy C-pillar has a contrasting color that emphasizes the rakish rear end. Mazda calls the door setup a “freestyle” door, and the B-pillar-less design appears to make rear-seat access decently simple.

Photo credit: Mazda
Photo credit: Mazda

Mazda is emphasizing the earthy angle for the interior, employing "natural" materials including cork.

At this point, Mazda is mum on any details on the MX-30's powertrain, saying only that it’s a battery EV.

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Pre-orders start in Europe, and deliveries will start next year. We expect the MX-30 to come to the U.S. at some point in the near future, but it will likely follow other markets by several months.

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