Mazda's small SUV ditches its petrol engine, with an electric version unveiled for China – but it's not bound for Australian shores.
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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 EV has been revealed for the Chinese market, with the brand's Australian arm ruling out a local launch.

Unveiled at the 2021 Shanghai motor show, the CX-30 EV is what its name begins to suggest: an all-electric version of Mazda's popular small SUV, built by the brand's Changan Mazda joint venture in Nanjing, China, exclusively for the local market.

Details of the electric SUV's powertrain are thin on the ground, however it's thought power could come from the same 107kW/271Nm electric motor and 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack as the Australia-bound MX-30 Electric, enabling a WLTP-rated range of 200 kilometres.

Above, top and bottom: Images courtesy of Autohome.

Some Chinese media outlets claim the electric CX-30 could offer a range of around 400km (albeit likely tested to more lenient NEDC standards) and feature an electric motor developing 300Nm, however Mazda has yet to confirm such figures.

Styling differences between the EV and regular CX-30 models are minimal, though the placement of the battery pack under the floor means the electric model rides significantly higher than its petrol-powered counterpart, with the increase somewhat offset visually by metallic side steps, and front and rear bumper trim.

19-inch alloy wheels from the larger CX-5 fill the arches (up from the usual 18 inches), while 'e-SkyActiv' badging features to denote the vehicle's electric powertrain.

Meanwhile, the CX-30 EV's interior has been carried over unchanged from the existing combustion model, retaining its 8.8-inch central screen and semi-digital instrument cluster.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 EV will go on sale in China in the second half of 2021.

However, don't expect to see the model in Australian showrooms, as it is designed exclusively for the Chinese market. Mazda Australia's electric vehicle rollout will instead by led by the upcoming MX-30, due to launch locally around the middle of the year.