The MX-30 also has limited interior space like the Mini. The rear doors open backward, like the extended cab on a pickup. The front row is modern and stylish, and European reviewers have generally given the vehicle solid marks for ride, comfort and technology.
“Mazda prides itself on craftsmanship and blending complex, quality materials to develop an elegant interior. In the MX-30, a new floating centre console and the door grips use cork, one of the most highly renewable and eco-friendly resources that also pays homage to Mazda’s origin as a cork manufacturing company more than 100 years ago,” the company said.
The MX-30 is powered by a front-drive electric motor with 144 hp, Mazda said. The small battery is aided by standard fast-charging capability of up to 50 kilowatts per hour at public charging stations, which takes the Mazda to an 80 per cent charge in about 36 minutes.
Mazda didn’t offer many details on the rotary-engine extender it will offer in future versions of the MX-30. But it did say the gasoline-powered engine will be used to charge the battery and not to power the wheels, maintaining the smooth power delivery of an EV.
“The rotary generator will mark the return of our unique rotary powertrain,” Jeff Guyton, president of Mazda North American Operations, said in a statement Wednesday. “This technology is being engineered for nearly silent operation and will replenish the battery rather than drive the wheels. As a result, the MX-30 will always drive like the engaging EV that it is.