Mazda reveals prices for MX-30

10 March 2020

MAZDA has announced that its new MX-30 range will cost from £30,500 when it arrives here in a year’s time.That will be the price of the initial First Edition version, minus the tax-payer grant of £3,500 that applies to battery-powered models of this type.

It means that the car will actually cost £27,000 and could be among the last vehicles to attract the plug-in grant that reduces the actual amount paid by the customer.

It is expected that the Government will consider such financial incentives unaffordable once sales reach a certain level, as was the case with diesel fuel incentives.

They were scrapped when enough motorists had been persuaded to switch to diesel, the price of which suddenly soared to match that of petrol.

Then diesel was declared to be a dirty fuel and financial penalties were imposed.

The MX-30 will be Mazda’s first all-electric vehicle powered by an electric motor and a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery, with the claimed driving range between charges said to be about 125miles.

Among the car’s quirky features are rear doors hinged at the back, meaning that they open outwards from the middle of the vehicle to allow passengers to clamber into the rear.

The newcomer will arrive here initially in pure-electric guise, although it will be offered as a hybrid in due course.

This means that it can be used with plug-in battery power only, a combination of rechargeable battery and engine, or with a battery pack that is charged automatically whilst driving.

Based on the same platform as a number of other Mazda models, it means that the pure electric concept will also be able to be introduced throughout the range.

It is designed in such a way that even more forms of power can be used in the future, including possibly the sort of rotary engine that Mazda used years ago in its sports models.

These engines were flawed in their day, with poor economy and rotary tips that wore out, but technology has improved so much since then that the company believes there could now be a future for born-again rotary engines.

It is likely that such an engine would be allied to an electric motor to achieve the best of both worlds.

The all-electric model that Mazda has just unveiled uses a 35kWh battery that gives a maximum range of about 125 miles, creating a realistic return journey range in everyday conditions of about 50 miles.

In terms of performance there is likely to be acceleration to 60mph in about ten seconds, with a top speed in the region of 100mph, although using maximum performance in an all-electric vehicle drains the battery more quickly and reduces the range.

The only way to improve the range at present is to add the rotary engine, with the battery packs also benefitting from the usual fast-charge capacity available at some commercial charging points.

In terms of styling the MX-30 looks similar to the current CX-3.

However, in the case of the MX-30 there are the aforementioned rear-hinged rear doors that have appeared on other Mazda models, including the RX-8 sports model.

This means that the rear doors can only be opened whilst the front doors are open but the arrangement allows easier access to the rear seats.

At this early stage there is no indication of likely prices for the rest of the range.