Mazda reveals Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV in Europe

The Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, a plug-in hybrid model that uses a rotary engine as a generator, makes its World Premiere at the Brussels Motor Show today*1.

The leading product for Mazda’s electrification programme, the Mazda MX-30 launched in 2020 as the company’s first mass-production battery electric vehicle, with a mild hybrid model subsequently joining the product line-up in some non-European markets.

With ‘living true to myself’ as the product concept, the MX-30 offers a pure, pleasant drive, an exterior with a familiar, approachable look, and a cabin space that settles the mind and heart through the use of materials with a warmth to them – a combination of elements that make time spent with the car and experiences enjoyed alongside it creativity-inspiring for owners.

The MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV is a series plug-in hybrid that continues to offer the same customer values as the original MX-30, while simultaneously offering new ways of using the car as a battery electric vehicle. The MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV has an 85 km*2 battery electric driving range sufficient for everyday driving needs, as well as the ability to use a generator to enable long distance drives. Throughout, the entire driving range is electric motor-powered.

Mazda chose to use a rotary engine to power this generator, taking advantage of a rotary engine’s unique ability to produce the required output with a small power unit. The newly developed 8C rotary engine is packaged alongside the generator and a high-output motor in the engine bay. This compact electric powerplant is paired with a 17.8 kWh lithium ion battery and a 50-litre gas tank to create a unique series plug-in hybrid system with very competitive total driving range.

The MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV also supports customers with an active lifestyle by offering features such as compatibility with both normal 2- or 3-phase AC charging and fast DC charging, 1,500 W power supply functionality, and three drive modes to suit different driving situations: Normal, EV, and Charge. Moreover, with a powerful 125 kW electric motor, it even provides slightly better driving performance than the MX-30 BEV.

The model unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show is the Edition R – a special edition model that will be available when the MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV goes on sale. The Edition R design features a Maroon Rouge Metallic finish – a remake of the roof colour of our first passenger vehicle, the Mazda R360 Coupe – as an exclusive exterior colour for the accent around the sides of the roof.

The rest of the body and the interior are finished in black. Edition R also includes unique design elements, such as a rotor-shaped emblem sewn into the floor mats and embossed on the seat headrests.

At Mazda, we strive to contribute to a beautiful natural environment, society, and humanity by offering a driving experience that is effortless and joyful – what we believe to be the inherent appeal of cars – and aim to become a brand that inspires joy and vitality to create a special connection with our customers.

*1 Press day is January 13 and public entry is between January 14-22.
*2 Electric-only driving range: 110 km for European WLTC urban range and 85 km for European WLTC combined range. Range values are for when EV mode is selected. These values are based on specific test conditions and actual electric-only driving range will vary depending on actual driving conditions. Additionally, in situations such as if the driver needs to accelerate suddenly and purposefully depresses the accelerator pedal significantly beyond a certain point (equivalent to the kickdown switch function on a standard automatic transmission vehicle), the rotary engine generator will activate and generate the energy for the required output.