While we initially thought that the car that Mazda has been teasing would be the second generation CX-3, we were only about halfway correct, as this is the all-new Mazda CX-30, a crossover that slots between the smaller CX-3 and bigger CX-5. The all-new crossover makes a lot of sense, but its name somewhat goes against Mazda’s naming convention, so here’s the explanation for it.
Mazda actually sells a Mazda CX-4, but it’s exclusive to China. It’s a coupe-styled crossover that also slots between the CX-3 and CX-5. Since the CX-4 is still currently in production, Mazda had no choice but to simply add a zero after the CX-3 name and then call it a day.
Anyway, here’s the breakdown of the CX-30. Utilizing the same SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture from the all-new Mazda 3, the CX-30 promises greater driving dynamics and ride comfort. The CX-30’s design still utilizes the brand’s Kodo design language, which has always been on point in terms of its style and beauty.
Just like the new Mazda 3, its side profile has fewer lines and creases compared to older Mazdas, giving the CX-30 a cleaner, more minimalist side profile. Only the car’s curves give its exterior design an interplay with light and shadow. At 4,395 mm long and 1,795 mm wide, its dimensions neatly make it comfortably sit in between the CX-3 and CX-5. The height is the same as the CX-3 at 1,540 mm. Its wheelbase meanwhile, which is at 2,655 mm is quite close to the Mazda CX-5’s 2,700 mm. Ground clearance stands at 175 mm.
Likewise, the interior dimensions also fall between the CX-3 and CX-5, which should make this car a more popular choice for families who find the CX-3’s interior a tad too small. Like the Mazda 3’s interior, the CX-30’s also takes on a minimalist approach. An 8.8-inch MZD Connect infotainment system can be controlled via the touch screen or the rotary knob controller. Mazda says the CX-30 provides enough room for four adults. Options include a power liftgate, as well as a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
Under the hood of the CX-30 comes with a choice of inline-4 petrol and diesel engines. There’s a 1.8-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, as well as the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engines, with 2.0-liter version featuring cylinder deactivation. The revolutionary 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-X SPCCI petrol engine will also be offered in the CX-30, producing 178 hp and 222 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual or automatic is offered on all engine choices, while i-ACTIV AWD is an option.
The Mazda CX-30 will first go on sale in Europe, with the rest of the world following a gradual global release.