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New Mazda MX-30 2021: Mild hybrid version with 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine launches

Fully electric, rotary, and now traditional four-cylinder powertrains. Does Mazda's MX-30 have any limits?

Mazda has shown yet another MX-30 variant in Japan, but unlike its headline electrified version, this time it uses the brand’s much more traditional 2.0-litre engine.

The new variant wears a new e-SkyActiv-G badge, and Mazda Japan’s website reports it is equipped with the brand’s standard 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine mated to the new ‘M-Hybrid’ 24-volt hybrid system.

Mazda’s M-Hybrid system which, unlike Toyota’s hybrid drive, does not directly drive the wheels, just arrived in Australia in the new SkyActiv-X semi-compression-ignition Mazda3. The 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G powertrain in Australia produces 114kW/200Nm, although specifications for this new MX-30 variant have not yet been released.

The M-Hybrid instead assists the car’s integrated starter generator to help take the load off the engine in order to improve fuel efficiency and emissions.

It is unexpected to see the MX-30, pitched primarily as an electric vehicle, with an internal-combustion engine, however Mazda Japan says the e-SkyActiv-G model is “part of a multi-solution strategy to apply the optimum power source for each region.” Indicating that it could be a Japan market only variant.

e-SkyActiv-G is a new badge for the brand. e-SkyActiv-G is a new badge for the brand.

It is understood that this four-cylinder mild-hybrid model is not the same as the rotary range-extended version known to be in the works.

Mazda Australia’s marketing boss, Alastair Doak, told CarsGuide at the launch of the Mazda3 SkyActiv-X that the range extended version “won’t be available for some time.” Mr Doak stopped short of confirming the MX-30 for our market, but suggested the fully electric version would “deliver its biggest environmental gain” in Australia’s capital cities.

Mazda is looking to introduce its M Hybrid across more models as part of its “ Sustainable Zoom Zoom Declaration 2030”, but it is an unusual step to see the MX-30 have hybrid technology without the SkyActiv-X drivetrain, given its near identically sized CX-30 stablemate will have a SkyActiv-X M Hybrid variant on sale in Australia before the end of the year.

It's likely the 2.0-litre hybrid MX-30 will be a Japan-only variant. It's likely the 2.0-litre hybrid MX-30 will be a Japan-only variant.

The e-SkyActiv-G MX-30 still shares the full EV version’s more futuristic styling inside and out as well as ‘suicide’ rear doors and contrast colour options, according to images published by BestCar.jp at the new variant's Japanese reveal.

Mr Doak said Mazda’s Australian arm will come to a decision on whether the MX-30 will arrive Down Under imminently, so stay tuned for updates soon.