Mazda has begun production of the MX-30, the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, at its Ujina plant in Hiroshima, Japan. Powered by an electric drive technology dubbed e-Skyactiv, it combines a 145 horsepower AC synchronous electric motor with a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery, helping the SUV achieve a driving range of approximately 200km.

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The MX-30’s system battery can be charged to 80 per cent of its capacity within approximately 40 minutes using DC rapid charging.

Mazda says the MX-30's Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture complements the all-electric powertrains smoothness, offering a quiet, seamless driving experience.

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Based on the brand’s Kodo design philosophy, the MX-30’s styling is pure and simple, with centre-pillarless freestyle doors and a framed glasshouse lending an open, spacious air to the cabin.

The cabin features a driver-centric cockpit, a floating centre console, a seven-inch touch-screen air-conditioning panel, and a range of new, environmentally friendly materials such as cork and door trim fabric incorporating fibres from recycled plastic bottles.

The three-tone design features a black roof and metallic grey upper side panels that contrast with the Soul Red Crystal or Ceramic Metallic main body colour options.

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Standard interior equipment includes a windscreen projecting head-up display, 8-way electric adjustable drivers’ seat, a colour 7-inch TFT dial display, a leather wrapped steering wheel and chrome trim accents.