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CX-30 or MX-30? Is there room in Mazda Australia's line-up for two electric small SUVs?

Exact powertrain details are yet to be revealed for the CX-30 EV, but it is rumoured to have a 107kW/271Nm electric motor.

Mazda has revealed an all-electric version of its CX-30 small SUV at this year’s Shanghai motor show, but is there room in the Australian line-up for another electric car following the MX-30 Electric due to launch soon?

Mazda Australia is saying no for now, with the CX-30 EV only confirmed for the Chinese market, and the brand focussing heavily on bringing the MX-30 Electric to local showrooms.

The CX-30 EV is built in China exclusively in left-hand-drive form in conjunction with Changan, but the exact powertrain details are yet to be revealed.

With the CX-30 and MX-30 sharing similar (albeit modified) underpinnings, many outlets have speculated the latter’s 107kW/271Nm electric motor and 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery is fitted to the former, but without any official confirmation from Mazda, there is no definitive answer yet.

If this is true, expect to see the CX-30 EV boast a driving range of around 224km (when tested on the NEDC cycle), like the MX-30.

Visually, very little distinguishes the CX-30 EV from its petrol-powered siblings, save for the added e-Skyactiv badges, prominent side steps and 19-inch alloy wheels.

With similarities in size, packaging and platform between the CX-30 EV and MX-30 EV, why do both models exist?

The answer is simple. The MX-30 represents Mazda’s first step towards embracing an electric future, and its ‘MX’ moniker that stands for ‘Motoring Experiment’ is an allusion to the brand’s willingness to break the mould.

Likewise, the Prius heralded Toyota’s big push into the petrol-hybrid space before the technology was expanded across established nameplates like the Corolla, Camry and Kluger.

Mazda’s approach could be similar, where it can debut new tech on the MX-30 before migrating it over to models like the CX-30, Mazda3 and more.

Mazda is also planning a rotary range-extender version of its MX-30, expected to be revealed some time later this year, which could also migrate to current or future versions of existing nameplates.

If an electric CX-30 were to arrive Down Under, it would likely be positioned as the flagship variant, meaning a pricetag north of the current X20 Astina range-topper ($46,690).

Mazda Australia is yet to release pricing for its MX-30 Electric, but the G20e Evolve mild-hybrid opens the line-up at $33,990, while the G20e Astina currently tops the range at $40,990.

Australia’s cheapest EV, the MG ZS EV, is priced at $43,990 drive-away, and competes directly against the MX-30 EV and, potentially, the CX-30 EV.