Mazda Announces All-New Electric Vehicle
Mazda has famously stayed away from producing hybrids in the past, focusing solely on refining the combustion engine. The results have been impressive to say the least. With revolutionary developments such as the new SKYACTIV-X diesel-like gasoline engine, its hard to fault the company’s efforts. But with more and more of the consumers clamoring for green-energy vehicles, Mazda decided to put their considerable talents toward designing something new.
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Mazda Unveils New Electric Vehicle
Mazda revealed the new all-electric MX-30 crossover SUV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. With it, we got some details about dimensions and specs and a few more regarding the design philosophy behind the project. Both are equally interesting. Let’s take a look.
Build Specs and dimensions
Here are some of the released build dimensions, converted over to US standard framework measurements.
- Length: 173.0 in
- Width: 70.7 in
- Height: 61.8 in
- Wheelbase: 104.5 in
The drive battery was also revealed, along with related details:
- Type: Lithium-ion
- Cell: Prismatic
- Voltage: 355V
- Capacity 35.5 kWh
The capacity may seem quite small. It is. Mazda has gone on record stating that the smaller battery pack (and its eventual replacement) has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than a larger capacity battery, based on research gathered at Mazda Europe’s R&D Center.
MX-30 Design Philosophy
KODO has dominated the Mazda lineup as of late, and the MX-30 is no different. The interior of the Mazda MX-30 is intended to convey openness with minimal clutter, smooth lines, and large windows. The MX-30 has what Mazda calls a freestyle door system, whereby the rear doors have hinges in the back and contain the pillar and latch for the front door. The result, when both doors are open, is an unobstructed opening. The designers also opted for Heritage Cork accents instead of wood ones, to great effect.