Mazda’s first-ever production EV, the MX-30 Electric, will arrive in Australia in August, set to compete alongside a suite of rivals.
Following the release of the Mazda MX-30 M Hybrid last month – the two-litre petrol mild hybrid version of the brand’s latest crossover – pricing has now been released on the highly anticipated MX-30 Electric, with cars set to be distributed via an online pre-order system on the Mazda Australia website.
The fully-electric version of the MX-30 will be priced at $65,490 before on-road costs in Australia for the single grade being brought to this country – a high-specification variant called the MX-30 E35 Astina.
The MX-30 Electric utilises a 35.5kWh battery to provide an NEDC-rated range of 224km, or 200km on the more difficult WLTP standard.
Power is rated at 107kW, while the instant torque figure of 271Nm bests the M Hybrid version, which produces 114kW/200Nm. Both vehicles are front-wheel-drive, while the Electric version makes use of a single-speed reduction gear.
Charging the MX-30 Electric can be done at speeds of up to 50kW using public DC chargers, which will see the battery recharged to 80 per cent in about 36 minutes.
The fully-electric MX-30 arrives at a significantly higher price than the petrol version, which ranges from $33,990 to $40,990 before on-road costs in a three-pronged range.
The $65,490 pricing places the MX-30 E35 in direct competition with benchmark EVs like the Tesla Model 3, which thanks to a recent price drop due to a move to Chinese production, is now priced from $62,900, with 448km of range (WLTP).
100 examples of the electric E35 Astina will be brought to Australia, and Chasing Cars understands the first example has already been sold to a dedicated Mazda fan in Sydney.
In Astina specification, the MX-30’s specification list is generous.
Inside, you’ll find Maztex-trimmed seats in vintage brown colouring, plus Mazda’s heritage cork trim throughout the cabin. There is an 8.8-inch infotainment display driven by a rotary controller, running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through a wired connection. There is a 12-speaker Bose stereo fitted as standard.
Outside, you will notice LED headlights, a sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels in a bright silver finish, along with auto-folding mirrors, and the rear spoiler.
Safety technology takes in forwards and reverse AEB, adaptive cruise control, cruising and traffic support, lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, traffic sign recognition, and tyre pressure monitoring.
Five standard colours will be available, as well as 3 three-tone colour choices attracting $995 or $1,490 premiums.
Servicing the MX-30 Electric will be done annually or every 15,000km, which is a longer distance interval than the hybrid version, which requires maintenance every 10,000km. A five-year servicing plan will cost $1,273.79, equating to about $254 per year.
Guaranteed future value plans will also be available for the MX-30, tailored to individual customers.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
Car news today: Toyota Australia announces pricing for electric BZ4X, Renault debuts retro 5 E-Tech, and more – 27 February 2024
Car news today: Hyundai Europe cuts petrol N models, Ford “almost pulled out of Australia” and more – 26 February 2024
About Chasing cars
Chasing Cars reviews are 100% independent.
Because we are powered by Budget Direct Insurance, we don’t receive advertising or sales revenue from car manufacturers.
We’re truly independent – giving you Australia’s best car reviews.
Mazda mulls suspension updates for CX-60 and CX-90 amid criticism of ride quality on Australian models
Mazda CX-70 set to join CX-60 and CX-90 in Australia in 2024, but CX-80 still to come in premium push