The Mazda MX-30 was previewed in Malaysia just days before a launch set in the fourth quarter of this year. We do not yet have an official price, but Datuk Seri Ben Yeh, executive chairman of Burmaj Auto, has stated that the company is working to bring the price down to RM200,000 after the government has factored in current incentives for electric vehicles.
In terms of specifications, the MX-30 boasts a front-mounted electric motor that delivers 145 PS (143 hp or 107 kW) and 271 Nm of torque, with a top speed of 140 km / h and 0-100 kmph. / Hour Time 9.7 seconds.
The electric motor draws power from an underfloor-mounted lithium-ion battery with a power capacity of 35.5 kWh. The battery can be charged up to 6.6 kW via an AC input (Type 2 port) and provides a wallbox at maximum rate, a full charge takes up to five hours. There is also a DC Fast Charging (CCS2 port), where a 0-80% charge state takes 36 minutes with an input of 40 kW.
A fully charged battery is claimed to offer a range of 199km, which can be a bit of a problem for EV buyers, which has range concerns. As we mentioned in our original post, buyers with a maximum budget of RM200,000 for a new EV will have many options besides MX-30. For example, Hyundai Kona Electric is offered in three variants ranging from RM149,888 to RM199,888.
The base variant of the MINI Cooper SE 3 Door (RM178,240.73), Nissan Leaf (RM168,000) as well as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (RM199,888) is below the mentioned price point. These non-Mazda options are capable of providing a range of more than 199 kilometers, as we list below:
- Hyundai Kona Electric – 39.2 kWh, 305 km; 64 kWh, 484 km (WLTP)
- Mini Cooper SE 3 Doors – 28.9 kWh, 232 km (WLTP)
- Nissan Leaf – 40 kWh, 311 km (NEDC)
- Hyundai Ioniq 5 Lite – 58 kWh, 384 km (WLTP)
This raises the question: why does the MX-30 come with a smaller battery and a lower range than most competitors under RM200,000? In a related note, is the specification given to the target market of MX-30?
This question was posed to Yeo during a Q&A session following the recent unveiling of the MX-30. According to Yeoh, the MX-30 is a “utility vehicle” aimed at a different segment of customers who only need to run in a city where the daily drive will not exceed 100 kilometers. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly.
Mazda’s decisions for the MX-30 were intended to deliberately reduce the vehicle’s environmental impact, including the entire manufacturing process. As an explanation Automotive News Canada According to the report, the battery size of the MX-30 was due to the electrical components of the vehicle and “according to the emissions generated from switching the battery over 160,000 km to maintain the efficiency of the battery.”
Car manufacturers note that large battery-powered EVs are more polluted in their life cycle and that most customers do not need a large range for their routine commute.
In addition, a small battery makes an EV lighter, which contributes to making the car more efficient, and potentially reduces wear on things like tires and brakes. It is also important to manage the weight of the MX-30 which is in line with Mazda’s reputation for providing a fun vehicle to drive.
With these explanations, Yeh says the MX-30 is a balanced vehicle in its use and the company’s responsibility to manage customer expectations. What are your thoughts on Mazda’s argument? If you had to deposit money, how much would you be willing to pay for the MX-30?
Gallery: Mazda MX-30 preview in Malaysia