Marque ready to launch first BEV
Mazda’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) will be available in New Zealand from mid-2021 as the marque targets “environmentally conscientious” drivers.
The Mazda MX-30 is equipped with e-Skyactiv – the carmaker’s new electric drive technology. The front-wheel-drive powertrain combines a 107kW AC synchronous electric motor with a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery, which delivers a driving range of more than 200km and acceleration from 0-100kph in 9.7 seconds.
Charging the SUV’s battery to 80 per cent takes about 40 minutes using DC rapid charging.
David Hodge, managing director of Mazda New Zealand, says people are more aware than before of environmental issues and more discerning when it comes to buying products or services.
“We believe the Mazda MX-30 will appeal to mainly urban private buyers who want a vehicle that looks great and delivers a fantastic driving experience while at the same time matching their lifestyle and reinforcing their core values,” he adds.
The interior has been designed to help the model maintain its green credentials with heritage cork – a natural, sustainable raw material – used in the centre console tray and door grips.
Premium vegan leatherette inside the cabin does not use organic solvents in the production process and is finished with a silicon coating.
About 20 per cent of the interior fabrics are recycled, with the breathing fabric on the upper section of the door trim made from recycled plastic bottles.
The MX-30 will be available in four exterior colours and has a RRP of $74,990, including a free home Wallbox charger for the early adopters.
Mazda will also fund five native NZ trees for every MX-30 sold in conjunction with Trees That Count.