Mild-hybrid Mazda MX-30 confirmed for Japan - new e-SkyActiv-G engine

Hans · Aug 4, 2020 05:38 PM

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When the Mazda MX-30 made its world debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the car, which is based on the CX-30, was presented as Mazda’s first series production fully electric vehicle, and that it will go on sale sometime in 2021.

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However, many have speculated that the MX-30 won’t exist as an electric-only model range, and that a hybrid model will eventually join the MX-30’s variant line-up.

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A small capacity rotary-type range extender engine was also speculated to complement the electric-only variant, in the same way BMW offers an optional 647-cc two-cylinder range extender engine for its BMW i3 in some markets.

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Today, Mazda has confirmed that the MX-30 will go on sale in Japan later this year, not just as an electric vehicle, but also as a hybrid. The latter will wear a new e-SkyActiv-G badge.

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However, a rotary-type engine is ruled out, at least for now. Instead, e-SkyActiv-G is essentially a regular 2.0-litre naturally aspirated SkyActiv-G 4-cylinder engine that has been paired to Mazda’s M Hybrid mild-hybrid system.

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The hybrid model will be sold the general public, while the fully-electric variant can only be leased, also by the end of this year.

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Details are still lacking, and more information will only be announced in the third quarter of this year.

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The Mazda MX-30 is under consideration for Malaysia, but the latest news by Mazda means that the earlier speculated rotary range extender/hybrid engine is now ruled out.

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Hans

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Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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