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Mazda's Answer to the i3?

Sun Jun 06, 2021 11:59 am

Jalopnik published a drive report of the Japan-market Mazda MX-30. I sounds as if it's destined for the US later this year, or at least for California.

Linkey >> https://jalopnik.com/mazdas-funky-mx-30 ... 1847003108

It's seems short sighted that this late in the game, Mazda's entry is based on the CX-30 gasoline powered crossover. It draws the natural comparison to the i3 due to how its rear doors open,

The rear seats look to offer about as much rear passenger room as the i3, this despite the car overall being 15" longer. No doubt due to the hood that looks like it could swallow a V6 (but no frunk!).

The model tested has a 37 kWh battery and about 130 miles real-world of range. So really, it seems no more capable than a portly 2017.

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Re: Mazda's Answer to the i3?

Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:39 pm

I have a feeling that we are not going to see anything like i3 - a distinctively styled compact RWD car.

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Re: Mazda's Answer to the i3?

Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:51 pm

gt1 wrote:
Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:39 pm
I have a feeling that we are not going to see anything like i3 - a distinctively styled compact RWD car.
That might be true in the U.S., at least for a few more years. However, there are several nice, compact, RWD, hatchback EV's available in Europe (e.g., VW ID.3, Honda e).
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Re: Mazda's Answer to the i3?

Sun Jun 06, 2021 9:57 pm

Well, I love my i3, but not to a degree to go through another emigration :D

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Re: Mazda's Answer to the i3?

Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:21 pm

And another VW ID.3 variant available in Europe, the CUPRA Born:
https://www.cupraofficial.com/our-dna/g ... ic-car.htm
Amazing that Mazda would release an all new car in 2021 that is not as good as a 2018 i3.
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Re: Mazda's Answer to the i3?

Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:11 pm

But what is the price? Mazda can successfully sell this kind of less capable spec if they sell it cheap enough.

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Re: Mazda's Answer to the i3?

Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:54 pm

I love Mazda as a brand. I've owned three RX-8s (two of them R3s) and I think the Mazda3 and Mazda6 are by far the best vehicles in their respective classes in terms of driving dynamics and interior/exterior design.

Having said that, this car looks like a turd. Awkward/ugly proportions, especially in comparison to other Mazda models, and poor range for a vehicle that will be sold in the U.S. I don't see it selling well in the U.S. given the competition.

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Re: Mazda's Answer to the i3?

Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:30 pm

If I'm not mistaken, the stance of Mazda is that larger batteries will make the car heavier which will have a negative effect on the efficiency. As this car, just like our i3 and the Honda E are marketed as city cars, it could be argued that charging can be done during the night for these things. So, a huge battery pack doesn't make a lot of sense.

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