In June this year, Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto disclosed to Automotive News Europe that the first Mazda battery-electric vehicle will hit the market one year from now.
Earlier this month, Mazda welcomed journalists to Oslo, Norway, to become familiar with the automaker's EV plans and drive a model of the e-TPV powertrain, the letter assignment representing electric-Technology Prove-out Vehicle. Mazda had dressed the e-TPV production-intense powertrain under bodywork from the automaker's new CX-30 reduced hybrid. Car News reports that Mazda will uncover its real EV at the Tokyo Motor Show one month from now, which a Mazda representative affirmed.
Mazda built up the powertrain in-house, designed for purchasers in crowded urban conditions. A 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery controls a solitary electric engine with 141 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Range is said to be 200 kilometers (124 miles) on the city cycle, however, it's probably on the Japanese or WLTP cycle that returns bigger numbers than the U.S. EPA. The mechanical figures lie between the 28-kWh battery of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and the 40-kWh battery of the standard Nissan Leaf. The EPA rates the less-amazing Ioniq for 124 miles of range, while the more dominant Leaf can go 150 miles. AN indicated that Mazda's first planned markets consist of Japan, China, and Europe where 124 miles is a lot for day trips. A version serving markets known for urban sprawl would utilize a rotational motor range extender, a tech goody Mazda's spoken about consistently over the previous year.
Iain Curry of Australian outlet Chasing Cars had nice things to state about the e-TPV model he drove. Curry said the test vehicle didn't offer solid regen braking and piped a mild four-cylinder soundtrack into the cabin to give drivers an association with the ICE experience they're comfortable with, however, there's no comment on whether the production car will be set up a similar way. Curry adored the handling, saying the e-TPV felt like a Mazda3 on the go and around corners.
We'll get more solid data one month from now in Japan. The show car in Tokyo will be the latest model on another EV-explicit stage, and don't be amazed by a compact crossover shape since the carmaker CEO stated, "Our global crossover mix is currently about 60 percent."