Mazda's MX-30 is not a conventional electric car. From its small battery and relatively short range to its rear-hinged back doors and cork cabin trim, it presents something of a refreshing alternative to the big-and-heavy EV norm.
50kW fast charging
For 2022, Mazda is introducing a few small updates to the MX-30, chief amongst which is a faster charging setup. For 'slow' AC charging, the MX-30 will now accept an 11kW charge, while for faster DC charging, the maximum charging speed goes up from 40kW to 50kW. That's enough to lop ten minutes off the time to charge to 80 per cent capacity, cutting it to 26 minutes.
New synthesised sound
The synthesised sound that the MX-30 makes as it drives has also been changed, bringing it closer to the background sounds made by wheels and wind noise. Mazda reckons that this allows "drivers to recognise the amount of torque in a natural manner without any sense of the sound being unusual."
There's a new interior colour scheme, too - a plain black to go with the 'Modern Confidence' (white) and 'Industrial Vintage' (brown) cabin trims already available. That black trim comes with grey-and-white accents and a new darker finish for the cork trim on the centre console and doors.
Two new paint colours
You can also choose from some new exterior two-tone paint schemes, with the addition of Jet Black and Zircon Sand. According to Mazda: "Zircon Sand is a natural beige inspired by zircon sand, which reflects Mazda's heritage in manufacturing casting moulds. The second new multi-tone colour scheme pairs a Jet Black body and roof with a silver pillar frames, and, once again, an all-black interior. In addition, the existing Soul Red Crystal multi-tone exterior colour scheme is now also paired with an all-black upper exterior for a sportier appearance."