And the Mazda MX-30 Goes HUMMM – Its Electric and its Rotary Powered

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The Mazda MX 30 charging at a public kiosk
The Mazda MX 30 charging at a public kiosk

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

The Mazda MX 30 has a 1772 and a CMS connector level 1 and 2 charge port
The 1772 CMS electric plug allows for Level 2 DC charging as well as level 1.
1772 charge cord plugged into the Mazda MX 30
1772 charge cord plugged into the Mazda MX-30

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

looking down on the roof of the 2022 Mazda MX40 with freestyle doors open
The new Mazda MX is designed as a cross-over with “Freestyle Doors.”

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.

Interior of the 2022 Mazda MX 30
Inside the Mazda MX-30 features a floating center console
Mazda MX 30 Center Console with gear selector and multi function command knob
The free floating center console features a traditional gear selector and multi-function command knob.

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

Availability

The 2022 Mazda MX-30 will be made in America and will be available for consumer deliveries starting in the 4th quarter of 2021.

William West Hopper festivly dressed for the 2019 Old Town Alexandria Virginia Scottish Walk Parade in front of a 2019 Mazda CX5
William West Hopper festively dressed for the 2019 Old Town Alexandria Virginia Scottish Walk Parade.

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.


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