Mazda Japan has revealed its updated MX-30 in both mild-hybrid and all-electric forms with minor tweaks both inside and out.

A Mazda Australia spokesperson said there’s no news about the updated MX-30 M Hybrid and Electric for the local market right now.

One change all Mazda MX-30 variants receive in Japan as part of the update is a set of new two-tone exterior colours, which replace certain tri-tone finishes.

Soul Red Crystal metallic and the newly-added Zircon Sand metallic come with a black roof, while Jet Black mica is now available with a grey door pillar section.

The Soul Red Crystal metallic and Polymetal Grey metallic three-tone exterior paint options have been discontinued.

Another change to the MX-30 M Hybrid and Electric is the gear lever now has the shift button placed on the front rather than on the right. Mazda says this makes it smoother to operate during quick inputs.

Mazda MX-30 Electric models are now easier to identify thanks to an ‘EV’ badge on the side of the front wheel arches, as well as a different e-SkyActiv badge on the right-hand side of the tailgate.

The MX-30 Electric receives vehicle-to-home (V2H) functionality, which enables power stored in the vehicle’s high-voltage battery to power your home, making it less reliant on the electricity grid.

A bi-directional charger that’s able to feed current back into the electricity grid or home from the electric vehicle’s (EVs) battery is required for V2H functionality.

On the inside of the MX-30 Electric is a new 1500W AC power supply in the boot, as well as a 150W AC power supply under the front console section.

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Mazda MX-30 M Hybrid models on the other hand receive newly-named trim levels called “Industrial Classic” and “Modern Confidence”.

These trim levels more or less line with the existing G20e Touring and Astina models already on offer in Australia.

The quirky Mazda MX-30 debuted in 2019 at the Tokyo motor show, and later launched in Australia in 2021.

It hasn’t received any changes or updates locally since it launched.

With Freestyle Doors and an eco-friendly interior that nods to Mazda’s past, the MX-30 in M Hybrid form is a quirky rival to the Volkswagen T-Roc and Toyota C-HR, and in Electric form is a rival to the MG ZS EV and Nissan Leaf.

Pricing currently starts at $34,190 before on-road costs for the MX-30 G20e Evolve, and extends to $65,490 before on-road costs for the E35 Astina.

A rotary range-extender version of the MX-30 has previously been confirmed for Australia, though it’s unclear it will be revealed.

MORE: Everything Mazda MX-30

Jack Quick

Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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