Mazda has updated its MX-30 electric crossover, and although it has not increased the size of the tiny battery, it has reduced the time required to charge it, at least making that battery a little more useful.
The MX-30 has an unusually small 35.5 kWh battery that gives it a range of only 124 miles (200 km) according to WLTP testing and is rated by the EPA at only 100 miles (161 km). This is about half of most EV supplies, and has not improved for 2022. However, the technological change means that the charging time of bonsai batteries has been reduced from 36 minutes to 26 minutes.
Mazda further claims that it has changed the MX-30’s drivetrain to sound that helps the driver recognize the amount of torque generated by the motor (and possibly responds by simplifying the gas pedal to reduce power consumption). The company says the modified sound is designed to fit more naturally with other car sounds, such as wind and road noise.
Updated cars are offered with new interior and exterior colors and come in three different trim grades. Below the Euro-Spec car ladder is the MX-30 Prime-Line, which has 18 alloy wheels, as well as LED headlights, reversing cameras, radar cruise control, navigation and head-up displays fitted to each model.
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In the middle of the pack, but predicted to be on the front in terms of sales, the MX-30 exclusive-line prime-line kit list includes power seats, keyless entry and the option of a three-tone color scheme instead. Base car single-tone design. At the top of the tree is the macato, which comes with synthetic leather, a wiper de-icer, sunroof, heater steering wheel and sound tunes around the boss.
Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation. It confirmed in April that a rotary-powered Range-Extender version of the crossover would go on sale later this year, with the engine only being used to charge batteries. The 2022 MX-30 is now available to order in Europe.