...IS ELECTRIC, OBVIOUSLY. THE LAST MONTH HAS SEEN A GLUT OF NEW BATTERYPOWERED HIGH-RIDERS UNVEILED TO THE PUBLIC. HERE ARE TWO (AND ONE WAGON) WORTH KNOWING ABOUT
If you’re going to reduce the emissions of one type of vehicle, an urban schoolrun bus seems the most sensible
LET’S START WITH those ‘suicide’ rear doors. Mazda calls them ‘freestyle’, some of you may say, “Just like those from the COTY-winning RX-8!” (Others may note, “And rather like those from the COTY-winning BMW i3...”) We’ll reserve judgement until we get the full operational experience of Mazda’s first-ever production
EV, which is likely to happen in the second half of 2020. An Australian arrival date is unconfirmed but tipped for late 2021.
In terms of the mechanical package, Mazda appears to have played an uncharacteristically conservative hand with the MX-30. Its single motor, driving the front axle, has outputs that are fairly unremarkable – 105kW and 264Nm – and is fed by a modest 35.5kWh battery providing a range of 209km. But that instant torque should still be sufficient to provide peppy urban performance for this CX-30-sized high-rider, and buyers will no doubt be just as interested in the interior design, with the cabin’s floating centre console, and use of natural and sustainable materials such as cork and breathable fabric upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles.
As for price, the tip is in the $50-60K bracket, meaning the MX-30 is unlikely to unseat its excellent ICE stablemates for mainstream take-up.