Mazda Philippines has just recently launched its slightly tweaked 2020 CX-5, but it seems Mazda is not yet finished for this year as it recently posted on its Facebook social media account a photo of a certain all-new Mazda model with the caption “Soon, you will see this beauty.”
Mazda Philippines has already confirmed the arrival of the CX-8 midsize crossover SUV. However, the studded grille shown in the photo is not from the CX-8 which features horizontal chrome bars. It is clear then that the grille and slim LED headlights shown in the photo are from the all-new Mazda CX-30 subcompact SUV. Based on the timing of the social media post, it should be likely that the CX-30 will arrive before 2019 ends or even earlier.
Sitting in between the smaller CX-3 and bigger CX-5, the Mazda CX-30 shares many similar design cues and components with the all-new Mazda 3. These include its latest Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture, G-Vectoring Control Plus, and the Skyactiv-X petrol engine that probably won’t reach our market.
Likewise, the interior dimensions 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, featuring the same level of immense attention-to-detail and premium materials. An 8.8-inch MZD Connect infotainment system is offered as standard, while various options can be added to the CX-30 such as a power liftgate and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
Globally, the Mazda CX-30 is powered by 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 the 2.0-liter version featuring cylinder deactivation. The revolutionary 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X SPCCI petrol engine is also be offered in the CX-30, which produces 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.
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