Mazda's new compact crossover slots in between the CX-3 and CX-5.
Last month, Mazda teased that a new mystery model will break cover at Geneva. At the time, we speculated that it could revive the CX-7 after the model was discontinued and replaced by the CX-5. Well, it turns out we were wrong because Mazda has unveiled the CX-30 at Geneva, a new stylish compact crossover that slots between the CX-3 and CX-5. If you were wondering why it isn't simply called the CX-4, the only reason we can think of is because the name has already been taken by the China-only model.
Mazda says the CX-30 "combines the bold proportions of an SUV" with "elegant styling that embodies Mazda's Kodo design language." As a result, it looks less aggressive than the CX-5 but sportier than the CX-3, with lower ground clearance, a longer length and shorter overhangs than its smaller sibling, resulting in an attractive design. It measures 173 inches long, 71 inches wide, and has a wheelbase of 105 inches. Compared to a Mazda3, the CX-30 has an extra 0.98 inches of ground clearance, and 15.1 cu.ft of volume inside the trunk, compared to the 3's 10.4 cu.ft.
"We designed the CX-30 to be an essential partner in the customer's daily life," said Akira Marumoto, Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO. "It will be made at key global plants so we can deliver Mazda's renowned driving pleasure and matured Kodo design to customers all over the world. Moving forward, our new products and technologies will ensure customers continue to see the value in owning a Mazda car. We aim to be recognized as a brand that forms the strongest of bonds with each customer."
Inside, the CX-30 features "relaxed and user-friendly packaging" with seating to fit four adults comfortably, while the increased height over a passenger car provides improved visibility on the road as well as easier access inside the comfy cabin.
In Europe, the CX-30 will offer a 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine and a 1.8-liter diesel, with both manual and automatic six-speed transmissions. Mazda's forthcoming SkyActiv-X compression-ignition powertrain will also be available, which will feature mild-hybrid technology like the 2.0-liter unit. US engine options haven't been confirmed yet, but the diesel model probably won't be available. An optional all-wheel drive system should also be available.
Sales for the Mazda CX-30 will kick off in Europe this summer, so US sales should start soon after later this year. Pricing details haven't been announced yet, but expect the CX-30 to start at somewhere between $20,000 and $24,000 to slot between the CX-3 and CX-5's pricing.