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April 21, 2021

Mazda Reveals Second All-Electric Model: the 2022 CX-30 EV

In the electrification game, Mazda was caught on the back foot, relying instead on their “well-to-wheel” approach. However, as policy makers around the world opted to curb tailpipe emissions instead of looking at the bigger picture, Mazda found itself playing catch up as other brands came up with their own electric vehicle offerings.

Showing off the flexibility of their Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, Mazda now has a multi-prong product to catch up in the electrified game. The Mazda3 and CX-30 are already offered with the M Hybrid system in Europe, but they’ve since been joined by a dedicated all-electric crossover, the MX-30 as well. The MX-30 has since spawned a hybrid variant, and will come with an extended range rotary-engined version by next year.

Today, Mazda has unveiled their next all-electric vehicle, and this one is very familiar: it’s the CX-30.

Revealed at Auto Shanghai, the CX-30 EV is Mazda’s first EV for China (the MX-30 won’t be made available there for now). Based on the “regular” CX-30, the CX-30 EV swaps its internal combustion engine for the e-Skyactiv powertrain.

Mazda hasn’t revealed any details as to power and range, but because the CX-30 and MX-30 do ride on the same platform, it’ll probably have a drivetrain similar to the MX-30. If that’s the case, it’ll have an electric motor located in the front axle producing around 141 horsepower and 264 Nm of torque. It will also have a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that supports both AC and DC charging.

Aside from plopping in an electric motor, the CX-30 EV also looks to have been modified from its standard counterpart. It looks to ride higher and comes equipped with more exterior “bling” found on the front lip, wheel fenders, and rocker panels. Given that they’re showing it off at a car show, these likely come from the accessories catalog more than anything else.

Sales of the CX-30 EV starts towards the second half of 2021, and it’ll be built at Mazda’s joint-venture plant with Changan.

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