Is Mazda Planning a Hybrid Model?

June 17th, 2021 by

There has been speculation for many years about whether or not Mazda is bringing electric and hybrid models onto the market for lovers of the coveted Japanese manufacturer. Now, multiple sources have confirmed that this is indeed happening. This is exciting news for anyone who has been eagerly anticipating updates on the future models to be released by Mazda.

Whether you’re an experienced Mazda driver or you’re looking to give a different manufacturer a try, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Mazda hybrid and electric vehicles that are expected to be rolled out in the near future.

The All-New Mazda MX-30 Electric SUV

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It has been confirmed that Mazda is bringing its first-ever all-electric vehicle to the market. The brand-new MX-30 electric SUV is set to be available to purchase in the United States starting in the fall of 2021, with a rollout beginning in California before expanding to other states in 2022.

The MX-30 is a compact SUV with a striking exterior design, a contrast-color roof, and rear doors that are hinged at the back. Although it’s similar in size to the Mazda CX-30 model, it’s not an electric version of this vehicle.

Interior of the Mazda MX-30 Electric SUV

The cabin in the MX-30 is sleek, stylish, and exceptionally eco-friendly. The interior of the SUV was made by using sustainable and natural materials like cork and breathable upholstery made from recycled plastic bottles. The model will also boast plenty of storage space and have an array of fun features, including the floating center console with its digitized screen. This will adjust the climate-control system of the vehicle, along with other settings. The MX-30’s dashboard will likely also have Mazda’s latest infotainment display with features such as an audio system, navigation, backup camera, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity.

Charging and Battery Life of the Mazda MX-30 Electric SUV

According to sources, the MX-30 Electric SUV uses a single electric engine that powers only the front wheels, and the battery is sized at 35.5 kilowatt-hours. Although Mazda hasn’t yet released a driving range for the U.S., it’s estimated that the MX-30 will deliver around 100 miles per charge. The battery will be able to charge on standard AC power, along with the faster DC chargers.

How Many Trims Will Be Available on the Mazda MX-30 Electric SUV?

It’s not yet clear how many trims will be available on the Mazda MX-30 Electric SUV when it reaches the U.S. market, but it’s expected that four trims will be offered, just like with other Mazda models. Those interested in the MX-30 will likely be able to choose from the Sport trim, Touring trim, Grand Touring trim, and the luxurious Signature trim. 

The All-New MX-30 Mazda Hybrid Model

Sources have also confirmed that the crossover MX-30 model is set to include a plug-in hybrid vehicle. This will combine both an electric motor and a rotary gasoline engine, with the expectation that it will be powered primarily by the electric motor.

When Will the MX-30 Mazda Hybrid and Electric Models Be Available?

The MX-30 Electric Model will be introduced in the U.S. later this year, with California residents set to benefit from driving the vehicle first. The SUV is predicted to reach other states in 2022. As for the MX-30 Mazda Hybrid Model, this should be available for the 2023 model year.

More Mazda Hybrid Models

The MX-30 is just the first of a series of Mazda hybrid vehicles yet to come.

The North American President of Mazda, Jeff Guyton, said, “The battery-powered MX-30 will begin the introduction of additional electrified models, including a series plug-in hybrid with a rotary generator for MX-30, a plug-in hybrid for our new large platform, and a traditional hybrid for our new American-made crossover.”

“While these powertrains will be optimized for their platforms, Mazda fans can expect great driving dynamics and beautiful design across all models.”

Benefits of Electric Models

More and more electric vehicles are being added to manufacturer lineups across the globe, and with good reason. Electric models offer a cheaper and more efficient way to travel, whether you use your vehicle for long journeys or simply for getting from point A to point B. They’re also quieter than your standard car, offering a smooth and relaxing driving experience.

What’s more, there are plenty of environmental benefits when you opt for an electric vehicle. They have zero tailpipe emissions, making them much greener and better for the environment than standard gasoline or diesel vehicles. In the long term, driving an electric vehicle that omits zero-emissions results in reduced greenhouse gases.

Benefits of Hybrid Models

Just like electric models, hybrid models offer a range of benefits. They work by combining an electric motor and a gasoline or diesel engine, giving the vehicle two means of propulsion. They’re also a great investment if you’re looking to do your part for the environment. Hybrid vehicles run cleaner and have better gas mileage, and the twin-powered engine cuts fuel consumption and conserves energy. Although they don’t have zero emissions like electric cars, hybrid vehicles still emit significantly fewer emissions than standard vehicles.

Hybrid models also have an array of financial benefits. Like electric vehicles, hybrids are generally cheaper to run in that you’ll spend much less money on fuel. Finally, the state-of-the-art regenerative braking system in hybrid vehicles, which helps you to recharge the battery each time you brake, reduces the amount of time needed to stop and recharge your car.

Now that you know a little more about the upcoming electric and hybrid models by Mazda, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about upgrading your vehicle once the exciting lineup hits the U.S. market. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at Hiley Mazda Fort Worth. Our expert team of sales and service staff will be sure to help you with any questions you may have about the upcoming electric and hybrid models from Mazda.

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