Mazda just announced that its much-anticipated MX-30 plug-in hybrid will have a greater range than previously advertised, making it all the more likely to catch the public’s attention. But this isn’t because it has larger batteries or more efficient degenerative braking, no. Mazda has confirmed the return of the Rotary engine, and in this car, it’s in the form of a generator. The rotary generator will be able to charge the battery, giving extra distance than was stated previously, according on the automaker.
The company announced the news on its website and Roadshow by CNET verified it. The model has been lambasted for its low range as a result of a 35.5 kWh battery pack that produces roughly 144 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, which could help Mazda better compete against rivals.
Mazda’s announcement comes on the heels of the company’s debut of the all-electric, zero-emission MX-30, which is set to go into production later this year. Unfortunately, it seems Mazda is a bit late to the party, given that most of Mazda’s rivals already have EVs available to their customers. Tesla’s Model 3 has a battery that can reach 396 miles when fully charged, whereas Mazda hasn’t even revealed its estimated range.
Fortunately, the MX-30 has something else going for it in the shape of Mazda’s electric G-Vectoring Control Plus system, which has been in its vehicles since 2017. The technology allows for more precise and rapid steering, particularly on winding roads, with minimal driver input.
Because of this, the hype surrounding the new vehicle on its website is focused on the driving experience and design, a strategy that has benefited the luxury automobile industry. Playing the “Style Meets Sustainability” card, Mazda emphasizes cork, recycled materials, and other sustainable raw materials that went into the MX-30 as part of its environmental commitments.
The MX-30 has a simple design that makes the car very appealing to us enthusiasts. There are no odd shapes or fancy bumps and lines, and this is all part of Mazda’s plan: to introduce a much simpler design to its brand.
The “pillarless freestyle door system” made possible by rear-hinged back doors, is one of the car’s obvious features. Open both the front and back doors on this MX-30 and you’ll be rewarded with a completely open side of the car, making it easier to get in and out, as well as transporting your crap to the local recycling centre.
Mazda is also trying to persuade customers of its Kodo interior design, which prioritises open space and a delicate balance of light and shade in order to make passengers and drivers more comfortable. While it looks like all the boxes on that driving experience checklist have been checked off, there’s still a lot to learn of its performance, range, and real driving capabilities.