Mazda has dropped yet another video teaser of its new EV that will debut next week at the Tokyo Motor Show.
While the last video revealed glimpses of the interior, this time we get to see fragments of the vehicle’s exterior. As most products penned by Mazda’s designers in recent years, this one too promises to be a looker.
The video may not show much, but it reveals a key aspect of the EV’s styling: the sloping roofline which the automaker describes as a "coupe-like cabin." This gives us an important clue regarding the body style of the first production EV to hail from Hiroshima.
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We already know it’s a subcompact vehicle, so it would make little sense for Mazda to give it a four-door coupe body as that would mean practicality would suffer. A so-called coupe-SUV, on the other hand, would be a more logical choice.
Factor in the fact that the company has been testing the EV powertrain under the bodywork of a CX-30 crossover and the coupe-SUV theory gains even more traction. The automaker says the EV features the successful Kodo — Soul of Motion design language but also explores "new directions more in touch with futuristic values and changing lifestyles."
Mazda claims this new approach has resulted in an original design that "embodies the expansion of Kodo’s expressive range." We also learn from Mazda that its electric vehicle adopts a unique door concept and a front end with a "friendly expression."
The model’s unique design will be backed by a dedicated platform featuring an electric drivetrain consisting of an electric motor delivering 141 HP (143 PS / 105 kW) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) of torque, powered by a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery.