The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV will have a fresh new rival to compete with when the Mazda MX-30 electric crossover goes on sale in California this fall.
The Mazda MX-30 represents the Japanese automaker’s first foray into the battery-electric vehicle game in North America. This funky-looking electric crossover will come standard with a front-wheel-drive electric motor producing 144 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. The motor will draw power from a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be charged to within 80% capacity in around 34 minutes at a DC fast charging station. Mazda hasn’t shared any official range figures, but the Euro-centric WLTP cycle has the MX-30 at a max estimated range of 124 miles, or 199 km.
Customers who want more range should wait for the incoming plug-in hybrid model, which will use Mazda’s famed rotary engine as a range extender. The rotary engine, which Mazda says is being engineered for “nearly silent” running operation, will only be used to charge the batteries in the MX-30 PHEV and will not provide drive to the wheels – similar to the now-defunct Chevy Volt Voltec powertrain.
The cabin takes on a clean, minimalist design and features a digital instrument panel, widescreen infotainment display and a touch-operated control panel for adjusting the climate control settings. Tech-obsessed EV enthusiasts will also be able to monitor their MX-30s battery life and charge status and adjust various vehicle settings through the MyMazdaApp for iOS and Android.
The Mazda MX-30 will first arrive at select Mazda dealerships in California this fall. It’s not clear when the crossover will be made available in other U.S. states. Pricing, trim availability and other information should become available closer to the vehicle’s launch later this year.
The newly redesigned 2022 Chevy Bolt EV, along with the all-new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV crossover, will go on sale just ahead of the MX-30, with an official launch set for this summer.