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According to a report from Automotive News, the debut of Mazda's first electric vehicle will take place later this year at the Tokyo Auto Show in October. Since then, Mazda has confirmed to C / D that it will be a completely new model with a battery-electric powertrain instead of an electric derivative of an existing Mazda vehicle. From prediction of most experts, this new EV is likely to be a small crossover or hatchback due to current market trends and the mainstream brands' competitive set for EVs.
Mazda displayed a test mule centered on the latest CX-30 crossover, which shares its platform called e-TPV, at the company's Global Tech Forum previously this year in Oslo, Norway, with an electrified powertrain available with a range-extender gasoline engine. This prototype used a 140-hp electric motor and a 35.5-kWh battery pack, according to AN, however, the impact on the powertrain of the latest EV model remains the question. In the past, Mazda spoke about using rotary engines for potential plug-in hybrid designs as range-extenders.
The automaker keeps the data of Mazda EV's real form a tightly protected secret. At this stage there's no information showed if it's going to be a car, a SUV, or some sort of combination of the two. One thing we understand is that it's going to be made in two variants, one of them all-electric. To help extend the range, the other will be equipped with a rotating motor. Mazda ultimately wants to produce a hybrid plug-in car as well, but we don't understand if it's going to be a variant of the same model, or a completely fresh one.