Mazda EV Takes Shape Ahead of Tokyo Reveal

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
mazda ev takes shape ahead of tokyo reveal

Mazda’s upcoming electric vehicle sheds its cloaking in Tokyo on October 23rd, becoming the first mass-market EV from the gas-loving brand. While the automaker hasn’t provided much in the way of details on the model’s layout, the fact that it chose a CX-30 crossover as a test mule for the brand’s in-house-developed powertrain suggests a crossover is on the way.

On Tuesday, the automaker afforded viewers a peek inside the upcoming vehicle.

Promising “a unique sense of openness and connection,” Mazda boasted of the model’s sustainable furnishings, with materials “carefully selected for their unique texture and quality.” Surely this will have TTAC readers salivating at the thought of cork. Yes, there’ll be much cork.

Mazda designers are known for their obsessive focus on harmonious cabin environments, taking great pains in selecting the right materials to compliment a model’s design language. To give the cabin of the small, unnamed EV a sense of openness, Mazda opted for a svelte, floating center console, seen here in a side profile. Clearly, the brand’s sticking with its rotary dial-actuated infotainment system.

In September, Mazda showed off its CX-30-based e-TPV prototype, allowing journos to take the front-drive vehicle for a spin to gauge the tech’s suitability. The powertrain’s output wasn’t overwhelming. A relatively small 35.5 kWh battery pack fueled a single electric motor rated for 141 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Just the kind of output you’d expect to find in a small EV.

Mazda stressed at the time that the e-TPV was not the production vehicle headed for the Tokyo Motor Show, though it stands to reason that the automaker would go for maximum utility and consumer appeal by opting for a crossover bodystyle. While the vehicle’s battery pack wouldn’t afford the kind of range preferred by American consumers (overseas specs put it at 124 miles), the brand’s range-extender (a rotary engine, disconnected from the drive wheels, that serves as a generator) will help the vehicle go the distance after the battery pack taps out.

We’ll know more about the Mazda EV before long.

[Image: Mazda]

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  • Ajla Ajla on Oct 15, 2019

    "The powertrain’s output wasn’t overwhelming." Still a Mazda. If they do sell this in the US I expect it will be the slowest BEV in the market.

  • Imnormlurnot Imnormlurnot on Oct 15, 2019

    Spiderman?

  • MaintenanceCosts This truck could go plenty farther (assuming good basic maintenance) but the price:remaining life ratio still makes me gag a bit. The used truck market remains overheated and the price is probably market correct, but these are the sort of prices that would make me prefer to buy a new truck if I could afford it.
  • Jeff S I ignore the commercials. Never owned a Mazda but I would definitely look at one and seriously consider it. I would take a Honda, Toyota, or Mazda over any German vehicle at least they are long lasting, reliable, and don't cost an arm and a leg to maintain.
  • GregLocock The predictable hysteria and repetition of talking points in the meeja is quite funny. it does not divide Oxford into six zones. it restricts access at 6 locations , one on each road, to reduce congestion in the town centre. Florence, which faces the same issue, traffic and narrow historic streets, lined with historic buildings, simply closed the entire town centre off. Don't see anybody whining about that.
  • Jeff S I have rented from Hertz before and never encountered this but if I had I would sue them. Would not want a gun pointed at me and thrown in jail for renting a car.
  • Arthur Dailey I did use a service pre COVID to get the pricing that the dealers were alleged to have paid the manufacturer. It also provided 'quotes' from multiple dealers .
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