2022 Mazda MX-30 EV in Malaysia – electric crossover with RX-8-style doors; 199 km range; < RM200k est

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV in Malaysia – electric crossover with RX-8-style doors; 199 km range; < RM200k est

Bermaz Motor, the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia, has previewed the MX-30 ahead of a launch set to take place in the fourth quarter of this year. The brand’s first mass-production electric vehicle (EV) made its global debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and was sighted here without disguise last December.

The Japanese carmaker markets the EV powertrain used in the MX-30 as e-Skyactiv, which consists of a 35.5-kWh, 355-volt lithium-ion battery mounted under the vehicle floor that delivers a maximum range of approximately 199 km.

The battery powers an electric motor rated at 145 PS (143 hp or 107 kW) and 271 Nm of torque that drives the front wheels through a single-speed transmission (reduction gear). In terms of performance, the MX-30 will take 9.7 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h and has a top speed of 140 km/h.

For charging, the MX-30 comes with an onboard AC charger (Type 2 port) at up to 6.6 kW. Using a wallbox at the maximum rate, it takes five hours for a full charge, while a normal power plug providing 3 kW will take 12 hours. Alternatively, there’s also DC fast charging (CCS2 port), and following the provided spec sheet, getting from a 0-80% state of charge takes 36 minutes with an input of 40 kW. Bermaz Auto, the parent of Bermaz Motor, said it will partner with local charging providers like TotalEnergies to support MX-30 customers.

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV in Malaysia – electric crossover with RX-8-style doors; 199 km range; < RM200k est

Measuring in at 4,395 mm long, 1,795 mm wide, 1,570 mm tall, and with a wheelbase spanning 2,655 mm, the MX-30 shares the same SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture with the CX-30 and nearly the same dimensions too, although the EV crossover is 30 mm taller.

Despite the shared platform, the MX-30 has a more distinctive design compared to the CX-30, with key cues at the front being a recessed honeycomb grille that blends into the round elements of the slim headlamps. Meanwhile, the lower apron is in black and sports a horizontal slat that splits the intake into two, joined by light strips at the corners of bumper that serve as the daytime running lights and indicators.

Along the sides, we find the most unique aspect of the MX-30, its doors. In a throwback to the RX-8, the EV comes with rear suicide doors – the company prefers to call them “freestyle doors” – which are rear-hinged. Like the RX-8, you’ll first need to open the front doors first before you’re able to access the rear ones.

The MX-30 also comes with thick body cladding in the lower portion of its body, along with a coupe-like roofline and the Mazda script set upon a silver plate on the C-pillars. Moving to the rear, the two-piece taillights have large round elements to mimic what’s up front, along with short light bars that intrude into the tailgate.

You’ll also notice the trim above the taillights, which are colour matched to the upper side panels, framing the rear window along with a black rear spoiler. Elsewhere, the black cladding covers a large portion of the rear bumper and integrates the reflectors and rear fog lamp. This particular example sports a tri-colour theme with a Soul Red Crystal primary colour, dark metallic upper side panels and a black roof.

On the inside, there’s a horizontal wide dashboard where the central and passenger-side air vents placed on a single plane. Unlike the CX-30, the driver doesn’t have two dedicated air vents on either side of the instrument binnacle, with the rightmost unit being of a different design as well.

Additionally, the MX-30 has three screens instead of just the two – instrumentation and infotainment – in the CX-30. The third is a seven-inch touchscreen display to control the car’s climate controls, which is another first for the brand, and is located just ahead of the raised, dual-tier centre console. Mazda also uses sustainable materials inside the cabin, including cork as well as “breathing” fabric made from recycled PET bottles for the door cards.

In terms of equipment, we were told the preview car is actually a United Kingdom-spec example and comes with 18-inch alloys, dark grey cloth/ brown leatherette upholstery, a powered driver’s seat, a powered sunroof, automatic air-conditioning, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen and a 12-speaker Bose sound system. As a side note, this being a UK-spec car is the reason why it comes with a CCS2 port for DC fast charging instead of a CHAdeMO port that is found on Japan-spec MX-30 variants.

As for safety, there’s seven airbags and a host of passive systems like ABS, EBD, brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control, traction control and ISOFIX child seat anchor points. Active systems include Smart Brake Support (autonomous emergency braking, front and rear), Mazda Radar Cruise Control, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert and a 360-degree camera. Final specifications for our market aren’t available just yet, but it will apparently not differ significantly.

Practicality-wise, this MX-30 offers 332 litres of boot space, including the underfloor storage that must sacrifice a few litres to make room for one of the Bose speakers. With the 60:40 split-folding rear seats tipped down, that figure increases to 1,137 litres.

If you’re hoping for a front trunk (frunk), there is none because the space under the bonnet is taken up by the electric motor. If it looks a little odd that there’s still so much room in the “engine bay,” that’s because the MX-30 was designed to accommodate a mild hybrid powertrain featuring an e-Skyactiv G 2.0 litre NA four-cylinder engine in selected markets like Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

2022 Mazda MX-30 EV in Malaysia – electric crossover with RX-8-style doors; 199 km range; < RM200k est

Official pricing for the MX-30 wasn’t revealed at the preview, but Bermaz Auto executive chairman Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh revealed during a Q&A session that the company is working on bringing the price under RM200,000, with the current EV incentives factored in. For context, the MX-30 starts at 27,650 British pounds (RM153,543) in the UK for the base Prime-Line and rises to GBP33,450 (RM185,751) for the top-spec Makoto.

Beneath the RM200,000 price point, the MX-30’s chief rival will be the Hyundai Kona Electric, which was launched last November and is offered in three variants and two battery capacities (39.2 and 64 kWh), with prices ranging from RM149,888 to RM199,888.

Under RM200,000, there’s also the base variant of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 available, along with the MINI Cooper SE and Nissan Leaf. Would you pick the MX-30 offer these alternatives? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • bermaize on Apr 23, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    i4 style ni, too damn expensive for tax free, bermaz not serious… profiteering when govt wants the savings to be passed to consumers

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    • IGP Mom on Apr 23, 2022 at 3:36 pm

      100% agree broo. Better wait for Proton EV

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      • Betol Tak? on Apr 23, 2022 at 5:15 pm

        No wonder other EV car brands are left to be expensive. So that later Proton EV can appear to be artificially cheaper. Old tricks never die.

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        • Contradiction on Apr 25, 2022 at 10:35 pm

          LOL! If you read this writeup by Paul Tan, you should be thankful we still have Proton as it will be our only hope for affordable EV cars


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    • Mr. Sotong on Apr 25, 2022 at 8:35 am

      It’s priced about USD50k in Japan. Saying Bermaz is profiteering is inaccurate.

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  • dah la buruk, mahal. baik beli MINI Cooper EV

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    • Watermelon vs Orange?? on Apr 23, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      Mini Cooper EV vs Mazda MX-30?? Cannot be!!

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      • Sohai on Apr 24, 2022 at 12:49 pm

        Depends, because of the limited range, it is essentially just a city car, a second car for most of its targets. Both rear seats are limited too, not exactly a family car. So, what kind of a car would you want to drive to work? Mini or MX30? Make sense?

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    • Billie Dharmajaya on Apr 23, 2022 at 8:57 pm

      dengan ioniq 5 bagaimana apakah lebih murah

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    • perangai ‘tak dapat makan anggur, cakap anggur masam’

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  • Shiro on Apr 23, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    First of all, the design still wow and the interior looks nice. The suicide door/”freestyle doors” a bit inconvenient isn’t it? need to open the front door first then can open the back one. But overall, still WOW!!!

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    • Anonymous on Apr 23, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      It’s a 2+2, not really a 4-5 seater. This is an SUV for young upper-middle class (based on prices overseas, not here) families with infants, toddlers, or pre-schoolers. It would be time to replace the car anyway in 5-8 years once the children start to grow. The rationale is that it acts like a natural child-lock.

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  • McD3500 on Apr 23, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    I have been driving my Kona Electric 64kW for almost a month now. Anything less that 200km@80% SoC (real range) will create travel limitation within the greater Klang Valley and requires you to find a charger for your daily task. I wonder what’s the real range for the Mazda. Luckily, my Kona offers me 300km@80% SoC. That’s more than enough for my daily commute. I’m charging at home with 11kW onboard charger. Couldn’t be any happier!

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    • Mr. Sotong on Apr 25, 2022 at 8:39 am

      This is what I’ve been trying to tell people. Most people wont need super quick charging or super long range. Having just enough to suffice for their daily needs is all it takes. No point having to lug the weight of the extra range only needing to use it 2% of the time.

      And I do not know why you are getting dislikes for sharing your experience. Perhaps I will get a ton too for this comment hahahaa…

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      • Unker Sam on Apr 25, 2022 at 11:06 am

        You need one car for city driving which saves you on petrol costs and another for long range “balik kampung” drives which require petrol or diesel and you don’t lose much on costs becos it’s not everyday or month you take long distance drives with family.

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      • Exactly.
        If the goal is to be kind to the environment, this is the kindest it can be with an EV. only take what is needed, but also contribute back to society.

        maybe ppl just want excess, but they may not realise that having excess is also like having baggage.. in the end, everyone wants to be Thanos. lol.

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  • Brian on Apr 23, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    At less than 200km range this is an expensive toy car.

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  • DonkeyKong on Apr 23, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Mazda cars are nicely designed but somehow they think it’s their unique selling point to have poor interior space vs. their rivals. From the pictures of this car’s rear seats, it seems like Mazda designed the rear quarters for double-amputees. Come on, Mazda. The average adult height in the world isn’t 5-feet. Please use some common sense when it comes to interior legroom and headroom, like Honda and Toyota.

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  • I need an EV that at least let me travel from Selangor to Penang or JB without charging.

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  • seancorr on Apr 23, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Die liao up to 199km range means in real world figures you are looking around 150-170km range. If that’s the case this is purely made for city driving and those cramp rear space further amplifies the fact that it’s made for short distance drive with style.

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  • Sunda on Apr 23, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Too much in cost and too little in kilometre not my cup of tea

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  • ROTI CANAI on Apr 23, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    bermaz should introduce the mild hybrid version

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  • Malaysians be like: This car is _____. I’d rather wait for _____. *wait long long because still bo lui* Haha

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  • Rim curber on Apr 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Expensive yet not practical. Not worth the money when it will be released

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  • Ragnar Ragnusson on Apr 24, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    1. It’s ugly as he’ll
    2. 200km. Puiiii
    3. Simpan duit sikit topup angkut XC 40 P8 Recharge

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  • Eric Tan on Apr 24, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    I wouldn’t take Mazda CX-3 EV at that price (<RM200,000) with such a short range (~199km). Preferably wait for BYD, Perodua or Proton EVs, at a lower price with longer range.

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  • DoA if priced close to Ioniq 5

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  • azwan ali on Apr 25, 2022 at 10:44 am

    ugly, slow, expensive, short range

    why bother… why bother…

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  • CinaBukit on Apr 25, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Bermaz think its can challenge Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV 13.9-kWh (170 km range) ?

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  • 199km??? After few momths…170… Another months 130… Soon drive go nearby tapao makan… Kereta mati… Battery habis

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    • This car is designed for short distance only. You are definitely not their target customer. Their target customers is affordable environmental concious group.

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