Mazda has gradually been expanding and refining its crossover offerings to the current three-car CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 line-up that should cater for most needs. The introduction of the CX-30 is not intended to replace or even add to these models, instead it is a chunkier, slightly higher-riding variant of the Mazda 3 hatchback. The two models share most of their basic underpinnings, which means 1.8-liter turbodiesel and mild-hybrid 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder engines for the European market as well as an upcoming SkyActiv-X compression-ignition motor also with mild-hybrid technology.
The CX-30 is actually slightly narrower and shorter than the hatchback which should make it perfect for crowded city centers. The interior, however, is spacious with the CX-30 offering as much rear legroom as the CX-5 crossover. Optional all-wheel-drive should add a bit of soft-roading ability to the CX-30 and will find favor with customers living in snowy parts of the US. The new model arrives here later in the year and pricing is expected to slot in slightly above the current CX-3. Time will tell if Mazda’s niche offering will be a popular one.