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Mazda has toyed with bringing out the powerplant that it alone has been known for since the 1970s. Just modernized, the Wankel Rotary Engine. And now it has announced the all-new Mazda MX30 a rotary supported electric powertrain with technology that will provide output of 107 Kilowatt Hour, translated into 144 horsepower with a maximum torque of 271 newton meters translated into 200 foot pounds of torque.
EV With a Rotary Generator
A 35.5-kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery that can be charge to eighty percent in approximately thirty-six minutes using DC Fast Charging. There will be a plug-in hybrid with a rotary generator, as well as a traditional hybrid model. Using the rotary generator marks the return to Mazda’s unique powertrain providing nearly silent operation replenishing the battery rather than drive the wheels. Not unlike GM’s Volt electric vehicle that is now out of production. While it will still provide the option of charging with a CMS connector at level 1 and level 2 charging options. Mazda is partnering with ChargePoint to offer on-the road charging solutions for MX-30 drivers in the USA.
Mazda states that the new MX-30 will drive like an engaging electric vehicle but with the freedom of not having to charge from a cord. This new powertrain will enhance Mazda’s Skyactiv-vehicle architecture helping provide great driving dynamics allowing the driver to experience a smooth and connected experience behind the wheel of this new crossover.
Freestyle Doors in a Crossover
Surprise it is in the design of a crossover, meaning seating for five with a sizeable cargo area behind the rear seats accessible by a rear hatch. Mazda uses its Kodo design philosophy as it developed this next generation vehicle featuring a futuristic design with a sense of familiarity.
Freestyle doors open to a driver-centric interior with minimalistic designed interior with a feeling of lightness and openness. A floating center console features an electronic shifter, a familiar multi-function command knob and shortcut buttons allowing the occupants to safely operate the Mazda Connect Infotainment system. A new seven-inch touchscreen display flanked by tactile pushbuttons will be the center point.
The MX-30 will feature enhanced i-Activsense safety features and its high-strength body will protect the occupants as well as the space-saving battery from damage. The MyMazda App will provide an enhanced and connected electric vehicle ownership experience with the new MX-30. This app will provide the user the ability to lock and unlock doors, adjust climate control and check battery status and charging process remotely.
The MX-30 will provide functional electric transportation without a lot of pomp an circumstance. Using recyclable materials throughout the vehicle. This is in keeping with Mazda’s corporate policy of building sustainable products that will support consumers throughout the lifetime of their vehicles
The 2022 Mazda MX-30 will be made in America and will be available for consumer deliveries starting in the 4th quarter of 2021.
Words by William West Hopper from a recent press release by Mazda USA. Photos are from Mazda’s media site.
Mr. Hopper has long been a Mazda enthusiast, owning a 1974 RX3 Wagon, a 1979 Mazda RX7, a 1987 B2000 pickup and a 1989 Mazda MX6 LX. He is immediate past President of the Washington Automotive Press Association, as well as a member of the International Motor Press Association. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.