Mazda’s first battery-electric vehicle line, the MX-30, won’t just be an electric vehicle.

    Mazda has announced the battery-electric MX-30 will be accompanied by a mild-hybrid MX-30 in a surprise reveal at the Automobile Council in Tokyo.

    The mild-hybrid model features a powertrain Mazda is referring to as e-Skyactiv G, which mates the naturally-aspirated Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre four-cylinder to Mazda’s M Hybrid mild-hybrid system.

    The MX-30 hasn’t been confirmed for Australia in any guise yet.

    A spokesperson from Mazda Australia said, “We are still working through the details of MX-30 and a decision will be made before the end of 2020.”

    Mazda so far hasn’t released technical specifications of the MX-30 mild-hybrid’s e-Skyactiv G powertrain.

    The M Hybrid system is already available in the Mazda 3 SkyActiv-X M Hybrid and features a belt-driven integrated starter generator (ISG) and a 24V lithium-ion battery. The mild-hybrid 3, however, uses Mazda’s newer SkyActiv-X engine that uses a mixture of compression ignition and spark ignition.

    The Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre, in contrast, is an older engine found in lower-end versions of the Mazda 3, CX-3, CX-30 and CX-5. In those applications it produces between 110-115kW of power and 195-200Nm of torque, though the MX-5 uses a more powerful version of the engine with 135kW of power and 200Nm of torque.

    Production of the MX-30 EV commenced earlier this year, while sales are set to start before the end of the year.

    The mild-hybrid version looks almost identical to the EV, differing only in badging and the lack of a charging port.

    Mazda says the introduction of a mild-hybrid MX-30 is “part of a multi-solution strategy that applies optimal power sources to each region based on the long-term vision of technological development”, which suggests it could be limited to only a few markets or entirely exclusive to Japan.

    Should it be introduced here, it’d face internal competition from the imminent and almost identically-sized CX-30 SkyActiv-X M Hybrid.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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