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Old 10-22-2019, 08:11 AM   #1
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Default Mazda MX-30 Concept Is A Near Production Electric Crossover With RX-8 Style Rear Door




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Mazda MX-30 Concept Is A Near Production Electric Crossover With RX-8 Style Rear Doors

The anticipation for Mazda’s pre-production EV concept is building up as we’re getting closer to the world debut on October 23 at the Tokyo Motor Show.

While the automaker’s official teasers have been less revealing than extreme cold weather clothing, we can now show you a clear photo of the MX-30 Concept, as the EV is curiously named.

The photo is taken from the cover of Japan’s Car Top magazine that our reader Sean S. was kind enough to share with us. The image reveals an intriguing crossover coupe body with tiny rear doors that will no doubt remind Mazda enthusiasts about the RX-8 sports car.

As with the rotary engine-powered coupe, the rear suicide doors feature no visible handles and likely require the front doors to be open first in order to allow access inside. These barely visible rear doors along with the sloping roofline towards the rear clearly entitle Mazda to call the MX-30 Concept a coupe crossover.

Other interesting design cues include the grille which is much slimmer than on Mazda’s latest models and has a recessed look thanks to the bonnet that extends over it. The headlights are new too but not that unfamiliar, while the generous body cladding reminds of the CX-30 crossover. We don’t get a look at the back but it’s pretty clear that the taillights have a three-dimensional shape, as they extend out of the bodywork.

By the looks of it, the MX-30 Concept is pretty much production ready. The production model will be built on a dedicated platform featuring an electric motor delivering 141 HP (143 PS / 105 kW) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque, powered by a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:35 PM   #2
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no way we'd ever see a vehicle like that in the states. 90% of the population couldn't use a suicide rear door, even the kids these days would have a hard time.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:38 PM   #3
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no way we'd ever see a vehicle like that in the states. 90% of the population couldn't use a suicide rear door, even the kids these days would have a hard time.
Tell that to the millions of people who use an extended cab pickup as a daily driver. It's not an alien concept whatsoever, just pretty uncommon on small passenger vehicles.
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:41 PM   #4
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Tell that to the millions of people who use an extended cab pickup as a daily driver. It's not an alien concept whatsoever, just pretty uncommon on small passenger vehicles.
nobody actually uses the rear door in an extended cab pickup truck. The back seat is for tools and dogs. Not people.

seriously though, take a picture next time you see 4 adults piled into an extended cab pickup truck.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:51 AM   #5
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TOKYO 2019: IMAGES OF THE 2020 MAZDA MX-30 ELECTRIC CROSSOVER

https://www.auto123.com/en/news/toky...-images/66385/

Mazda has rolled out its highly anticipated new Mazda MX-30 electric crossover at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Show, and here are the first full-on images of the vehicle’s exterior and interior. More details to come shortly!

“The styling of MX-30 aims to raise its artistic value and expand the expressive range of Mazda's Kodo—Soul of Motion design language. Based on a concept of "Human Modern," the design stays grounded in the beautifully honed, handcrafted forms of Kodo, yet aligns itself with changing values and new lifestyles.”

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Old 10-23-2019, 11:03 AM   #6
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:00 PM   #7
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FWD?

Mazda, I am disappoint.
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no way we'd ever see a vehicle like that in the states. 90% of the population couldn't use a suicide rear door, even the kids these days would have a hard time.
It's better than the Hyundai Veloster's goofy ass door setup, and I see those things all the time.
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:30 PM   #10
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It's better than the Hyundai Veloster's goofy ass door setup, and I see those things all the time.
If this were a small sporty hatchback, I think it'd be reasonable, but it's not. It's a crossover.
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There doesn't seem to be a lot of room in the back seats. So this is basically a 2 seater Crossover.

I'm not sure what is going on with their naming scheme. Using "MX" suggests that it should be sporty, I think?
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no way we'd ever see a vehicle like that in the states. 90% of the population couldn't use a suicide rear door, even the kids these days would have a hard time.
Agreed, but doesn't mean they don't exist.

Saturn Ion
Mazda RX8
BMW i3
Mini Clubman

Other cars with silly rear doors
Continental (old & new)
Veloster
Model X
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FJ Cruiser too.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:37 PM   #14
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FJ Cruiser too.
Which didn’t last very long. Just give it 4 normal doors.
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Getting rid of those crappy, cheap black plasticky squarish fender/wheel openings and offering a (stretched) version with 4 regular doors would go a long way towards making this thing look good. But, thank goodness this concept DOES NOT HAVE A BIG A** GRILLE and hope Mazda bucks the trend going forward EV or not.
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Getting rid of those crappy, cheap black plasticky squarish fender/wheel openings and offering a (stretched) version with 4 regular doors would go a long way towards making this thing look good. But, thank goodness this concept DOES NOT HAVE A BIG A** GRILLE and hope Mazda bucks the trend going forward EV or not.
The CX-5 is exactly what you've outlined here aside from the, you know, EV part
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Agreed, but doesn't mean they don't exist.

Saturn Ion Stopped production in 2007
Mazda RX8 Stopped production in 2011
BMW i3
Mini Clubman Mini dropped the suicide doors in 2016
The i3 is really the only car that still offers a suicide door like this. I guess being EV, it's kind of in the same market, but the i3 is sort of like a slightly bigger smart car... it's not pretending to be a crossover like this one is.

Doesn't really matter though, because the Japanese will fit, and given their urban constraints, it makes sense that they accept smaller cars than most in the US.
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Access cab trucks have this door. It's where the FJ Cruiser got it from. This is just an access cab utility crossover. Mazda already makes 5 door CUVs. Not sure the confusion here. Gimmicks sell niche market vehicles. Shock.
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having to open the front door to open the back door is moronic. If you have ever tried to load people or passengers in the back it is a major pain especially if there is a car next to you. This is a swing and a miss.
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It's not necessarily for passengers. It's for loading large items that cannot fit between pillars. It's not much help on driver's side because the driver has to be there, but for the passenger side it makes sense. Especially if there isn't much room to load an item in the pinched low roof line hatch area. Or Mazda could have just made gigantic ass doors. But to your point Scrap a car next to you would make opening a giant door difficult.
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Where is the back seat?! I see the doors, but how are people going to fit back there?
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Pretty cool design cues going on here.

This guy found a similarity with an old rotary coupe.

As well as a shared design cue with the new Mazda 3 and the Cosmo.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4AiMKkpHj8/

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There doesn't seem to be a lot of room in the back seats. So this is basically a 2 seater Crossover.

I'm not sure what is going on with their naming scheme. Using "MX" suggests that it should be sporty, I think?
Mazda claims they reserve the MX prefix for vehicles that "challenge assumptions."

Must have to do with their "Challenger spirit" motive.
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I can see it now. The MX3 was a little bubble but hatch back in the day. So an MX30 I suppose is what the MX3 could have grown into if I squint really hard
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