Changan-Mazda, a joint venture company of Mazda in China, has unveiled a new electric SUV at Auto Shanghai 2021 – the Mazda CX-30 EV. It’s a conversion EV derived from the Mazda CX-30 that was introduced in March 2019.
The Mazda CX-30 EV embodies the brand’s Kodo design language and looks the same as the Mazda CX-30 for the most part. It has a slightly premium styling with distinctive bumpers with a matte silver garnish, side steps in matte silver, black mirrors and roof bars, body-color decor strip on the rocker panels, and e-SkyActiv badges on the sides and rear.
Weirdly enough, Mazda has not used typical EV-style aerodynamic wheels on the CX-30 EV, and that, along with the fact that there are no major design changes, suggests that Mazda wanted to save every penny it can on the development and production costs and also retain every bit of the familiarity. The pure electric CX-30 has been showcased in blue and white colors, and there could be more colors at launch.
The CX-30 EV appears to be taller than the CX-30, but we can’t confirm that yet. For reference, the CX-30 measures 173.0 inches in length, 70.7 inches in width, and 62.2 inches in height. The wheelbase of the pure electric variant should be the same – 104.4 inches. There’s no word on the drivetrain layout, but we expect it to be front-wheel drive. The output figures, range, charging capacities, and charging times will emerge in the coming months.
The Mazda CX-30 is probably a China-only model, and it has been confirmed to be launched later this year. The U.S. market is getting the Mazda MX-30 electric SUV this fall and then the Mazda MX-30 Range Extender with rotary engine technology in 2022.
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