It seems Mazda has been turbocharging its entire lineup in recent months. Just a few months after unveiling the turbocharged Mazda 3, the Japanese automaker has also given the CX-30 turbocharged power for the 2021 model year. Called the Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo, this subcompact crossover SUV is now one of the fastest and most powerful in its segment.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo sets itself apart from other CX-30 variants through its black 18-inch alloy wheels, black side mirrors, larger twin exhausts, and the obligatory “Turbo” badge at the back of the CX-30. Apart from these differences, the CX-30 2.5 Turbo’s exterior design is largely the same as before.
Mazda has not shown any interior photos of the turbocharged CX-30, though we expect to be almost the same as the standard models. Making its debut in the CX-30 2.5 Turbo is a new high-definition 360-degree camera system, in which our local CX-30 AWD variants already have. A 12-speaker Bose sound system, 8.8-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system, digital gauges, and a head-up display are some of the other standard equipment in Mazda’s latest turbocharged small SUV.
Mazda has also enhanced the CX-30 2.5 Turbo’s i-Activsense suite of advanced driver-assist features. This includes a new Traffic Jam Assist feature, wherein the system works in conjunction with the full-speed adaptive cruise control and then self-steers the vehicle at speeds of up to 40 mph (65 kph). Mazda has also added rear automatic emergency braking along with a new Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, which automatically applies the brakes if the system detects an oncoming vehicle coming from the sides when reversing.
Under the hood of the 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is the same turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine that’s also found in the Mazda 6, CX-5, CX-9, and just recently, the Mazda 3. As with all of these vehicles, this engine produces 250 hp and 430 Nm of torque when using premium fuel or 227 hp and 420 Nm when using regular fuel. Power goes through all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Unfortunately, just like the recently-unveiled turbocharged Mazda 3, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo was developed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) and is only limited to the North American and Mexican market, at least for now. But hey, if you want a high-performance small crossover, it wouldn’t hurt to wish for Mazda Philippines to offer this model in our market.