Launched in 2020 as Mazda’s first 100% electric model, the MX-30 adopts a new variant, this time plug-in hybrid thanks to a rotary engine serving as an energy generator.
In 2020, Mazda launched its very first 100% electric model, the MX-30. Despite its original coupe SUV look and refined interior presentation, the model did not meet with the expected success (5,726 units sold in Europe between January and November 2022). In question, technical choices which offer it a meager range, with only 200 km of electric autonomy on paper thanks to a 35.5 kWh battery.
To respond to this major criticism and offer more versatility to customers who have already fallen for its look, the Mazda MX-30 is adorned with a new plug-in hybrid version. Called the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, it stands out from the others with its astonishing architecture, using a technology well known at Mazda: the rotary engine. Invented by the German Felix Wankel, the rotary piston engine was inaugurated at Mazda by the Cosmo Sport 110S in 1967. After more than 2 million rotary engines produced in 45 years, this engine had disappeared at the same time as the RX coupé -8, ten years ago. This returns in the form of a thermal generator to accompany the electric motorization of the MX-30.
85 km of electric range supplemented by a 50-litre petrol tank
This 830 cc single rotor rotary engine is very compact, and develops 74 hp. It is placed under the front bonnet alongside the oil-cooled electric motor of 125 kW (170 hp) and 260 Nm of torque. This is more than that of the electric MX-30, which develops 107 kW (145 hp). The battery capacity is on the other hand less important with 17.8 kWh, which remains sufficient to offer 85 km of electric autonomy according to the specifications of Mazda. The electric motor is the only one used to move the MX-30, which is limited to 140 km/h. If the Japanese SUV is plugged in every night, it can be used every day without a drop of gasoline depending on the brand. Charging goes from 1h30 on a 7.2 kW single-phase socket to 25 minutes on a 36 kW or more fast terminal.
And thanks to the 50-litre fuel tank, there’s no more reason to be afraid of breakdowns or to make chip jumps from terminal to terminal over longer distances. If necessary, during trips over 100 km for example or in the event of sharp acceleration, the rotary motor generates energy to supply the battery and the electric motor. To reduce its consumption, the rotary engine can count on a reduced weight of 15 kg thanks to the use of aluminum on the crankcase, a more efficient direct injection system and an exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR).
Marketing in the spring
Presented at the Brussels Motor Show, this rechargeable hybrid variant could breathe new life into the MX-30. It remains to be seen at what price this technology will be offered, knowing that the electric is today displayed at 38,250 €. Response when marketing in the spring. A special Edition R series will also be offered exclusively for the MX-30 PHEV, with specific badges, a black and burgundy livery and a specific key.
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