Mazda’s Going Electric in Style with the 2022 MX-30
It’s no secret that the automotive industry is electrifying. Not just in the sense of becoming very exciting – which it is – but is literally moving toward electrification. What once seemed like just a passing fancy that was amplified by the outsized persona of Elon Musk is now clearly the automotive future.
Mazda is jumping in with the 2022 Mazda MX-30 crossover SUV. It won’t be available here in the Rocky Mountains for several months, but it’s singing “California, here I come” quite loudly. As a state with some of the highest electric vehicle penetration (Colorado is #4), we can’t be far behind. And soon after the MX-30 BEV (that’s Battery Electric Vehicle) makes its debut, there will also be an MX-30 PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) on offer.
Here’s What we know so far
New information about the 2022 MX-30 BEV and PHEV is still coming in, but here are some of the details we DO know:
- Power: BEV – 144 hp, 200 lb-ft torque to front wheels and a 35.5-kWh battery with +/- 100-mile range; PHEV electric/gasoline combi is still not known, but it is expected to include a range extender with Mazda’s famed Wankel rotary engine that will feed the battery, not the wheels.
- Eco-friendly interior: Sustainability is baked in to the Mazda MX-30 featuring materials including cork and recycled plastics. It’s clean and good looking and seats four with room behind for carrying your gear.
- Stylish exterior: Mazda’s typical style is on full display. What’s new in the Mazda MX-30 is the greater visibility without a B-pillar. The MX-30 marks the return of rear-hinged rear “freestyle doors” that allow better backseat accessibility. Size-wise, the 2022 Mazda MX-30 will slot in at about the same as the CX-3. It will be available in a single color or with a contrasting roof.
- Safety technology: Expect Mazda’s i-Activesense safety/driver assistance features, including either standard or available Smart City Brake Support (auto slow/stop) and Smart Brake Support to detect obstacles as much as a couple hundred feet ahead. Other features will probably include lane departure assist, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
- MYMAZDA app: allowing smartphone remote check-ups, including the charging process, locking and unlocking doors and setting the cabin temperature.
Tax Credits Sweeten the Deal
Don’t forget that there are still state and federal tax credits available to incentivize people to purchase electric vehicles. The 2022 Mazda MX-30 is expected to start at about $30,000, so applying these tax credits would bring the cost way down.
We’ll keep you informed about the arrival date of the 2022 Mazda MX-30 at Schomp Mazda. We’re excited about it and just wanted to share what we know so far!