Electric Mazda SUV spotted out in the wild

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Tuesday 20 August 2019
 

Mazda is one of the only carmakers without an electric car on the market or planned for near release, with executives favouring hydrogen fuel cells over battery-electric technology. However, the company seems to have had a change of heart, announcing plans to have electrified models on the market by 2030. It looks like the first model could be an electric SUV, with a test mule spotted in Norway.

The vehicle looks like the production CX-5, minus exhausts. Pictures were sent into Electrek, which said the vehicle sounded electric. There looks to be an electric charging port over the right rear wheel too.

We’d imagine the CX-5 body is just a temporary measure for powertrain testing, with the production version likely to get fresh bodywork.

We’ve asked Mazda NZ if it knows anything about the car and they said not, but a medium SUV being the first fully electric offering makes sense.

If you’re interested in an electrified Mazda but don’t want to go pure EV, Mazda’s electrified straight-six should start going into cars within the next few years. Details are scant but the new engines will use a longitudinal layout and come with rear- and all-wheel drive options. There will be 48-volt mild hybrids as well as plug-in hybrid versions.

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