Mazda MX-30 electric SUV debuts with RX-8-style doors

Meet the Mazda MX-30, a battery-electric compact crossover SUV designed for the city and due to hit the market in 2020.

The vehicle was unveiled on Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show as a new addition to the Mazda lineup, though it’s closely related to the CX-30 crossover. A flat battery sits in the floor and powers an electric motor at the front axle, rated at 141 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

The MX-30 only has a 35.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which Mazda said will deliver 130 miles of range. That’s low but Mazda said by going with a smaller battery the MX-30’s emissions over the lifecycle, i.e. including production, should be lower than an EV with a bigger battery and lower than even a gas-powered compact like the Mazda 3. The smaller battery should also help keep the price down.