Mazda MX-30 to Offer Mild Hybrid Option

We’re still waiting to find out if the all-new Mazda MX-30, the brand’s first series-produced electric vehicle, will be sold in Canada. Honestly, the chances are rather slim.

However, Mazda has just announced another variant of the MX-30 featuring a mild hybrid system—the same that’s currently available with Mazda3 and CX-30 models in select markets around the globe. Not ours yet, of course.

Basically, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine is supplemented with a 48V battery that recovers kinetic energy from braking and deceleration. Said battery uses this electricity to power the vehicle’s electronics and deliver temporary boosts of driving power.

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The fully electric MX-30, meanwhile, relies on an e-SKYACTIV powertrain with a 35.5-kWh battery that provides a range of 200 kilometres (a rotary engine/generator could eventually be added as a range extender). That’s much shorter than the distance one could expect to travel with the mild hybrid variant. Furthermore, it’s not available with all-wheel drive yet.

Other than that, the two Mazda MX-30 models are nearly identical. Only a badge on the hatch sets them apart. Well, not really, there’s another big difference: pricing. In Germany, for instance, the electric MX-30 starts at €33,490 (equal to $52,700). You can bet the hybrid option will cost several thousand less.

What do you think? Which MX-30 configuration do you find the most interesting? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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