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2021 Mazda MX-30 pricing and specs detailed: New MG ZS, Hyundai Kona, Toyota C-HR and Subaru XV rival debuts with M Hybrid - but Electric coming soon

The MX-30 has launched with one powertrain option, dubbed M Hybrid, but a second called Electric is due later this year.

The first version of Mazda Australia’s latest small SUV is finally here, with the MX-30 launching in M Hybrid form ahead of its Electric guise arriving in July.

The M Hybrid is available in three variants, with the entry-level G20e Evolve priced from $33,990 plus on-road costs, while the mid-range G20e Touring and flagship G20e Astina check in at $36,490 and $40,990 respectively.

For reference, the MX-30 M Hybrid’s G20e Evolve, Touring and Astina variants are $1400, $1300 and $1800 more expensive than the mechanically related CX-30 small SUV’s G20 Evolve, Touring and Astina equivalents.

That said, the MX-30 M Hybrid separates itself from the CX-30’s G20 variants by adding a mild-hybrid system (a 24V battery and a belt-driven integrated starter generator) to their 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine.

This combination means the M Hybrid has regenerative braking and extended idle-stop functionality, which help to reduce fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test (ADR 81/02) to 6.4L/100km, while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are 150g/km.

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Comparatively, the CX-30’s G20 variants manage 6.5L/100km and 152g/km. They and the MX-30 M Hybrid send drive to the front wheels via a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

While pricing for the MX-30 Electric will be confirmed closer to its launch, we do know it will be powered by a 107kW/271Nm front electric motor and fitted with a 35.5kWh battery that provides 224km of driving range, according to outdated NEDC testing.

However, a rotary range-extender is all but confirmed to become an option for the Electric next year, with it set to increase its driving range, but to what degree is not yet known. So, stay tuned.

In the meantime, standard equipment in the M Hybrid’s G20e Evolve includes dusk-sensing LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels and auto-folding side mirrors.

Inside, push-button start, an 8.8-inch multimedia system, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, digital radio, an eight-speaker sound system, a 7.0-inch multifunction display, a head-up display, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-trimmed steering wheel (with paddle-shifters) and gear selector, and black/grey cloth upholstery feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to front autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with intersection assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep assist (including emergency), adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, high-beam assist, active blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, rear AEB, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors and tyre pressure monitoring.

The G20e Touring adds an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror with memory functionality, keyless entry, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory functionality, illuminated front vanity mirrors and Pure White Maztex/grey cloth upholstery.

Meanwhile, the G20e Astina also picks up adaptive LED headlights, heated side mirrors, a sunroof, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and Vintage Brown Maztex/black cloth upholstery.

Steering assist, driver monitoring, front cross-traffic alert, surround-view cameras and front parking sensors are also fitted to the G20e Astina, but they can be added to the G20e Evolve and G20e Touring by optioning their $1500 Vision Technology package.

That said, the G20e Astina goes it alone with three two-tone metallic paintwork options: Ceramic with a black roof and grey pillars for $995, and Soul Red Crystal with a black roof and grey pillars, or Polymetal Grey with a black roof and silver pillars for $1490.

Single-tone metallic paintwork options Polymetal Grey and Machine Grey can be optioned on any variant for $495, while Jet Black, Artic White and Ceramic are the range-wide no-cost options.

It's also worth noting ANCAP has just awarded the M Hybrid and Electric versions of the MX-30 its maximum five-star safety rating for 2020.

For reference, the MX-30 M Hybrid rivals the Toyota C-HR Hybrid and Subaru XV Hybrid, while MX-30 Electric will go tyre to tyre with the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona Electric.

Mazda Australia expects to sell about 200 units of the MX-30 M Hybrid per month, with the G20e Evolve forecasted to account for 45 per cent of sales, while the G20e Touring and G20e Astina are tipped to have a share of 35 and 20 per cent respectively.

2021 Mazda MX-30 M Hybrid pricing before on-road costs

G20e Evolveautomatic$33,990
G20e Touringautomatic$36,490
G20e Astinaautomatic$40,990