Mazda CX-30 compact crossover 05 | 03 | 2019

    MAZDA HAS REVEALED its new CX-30 compact crossover at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model will sit between the ever-popular CX-3 and CX-5 in the existing range. The newcomer, which will go head-to-head with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, will go on-sale at Scottish dealerships towards the end of this year. (Related: All-new Mazda3 starts at £20,595)

    Unquestionably taking its styling inspiration from the latest Mazda 3, the CX-30 boasts a grille design familiar to other models. Externally the new model continues Mazda’s distinctive Kodo design language with its sweeping, curved and unadorned body panels. There’s also the slim headlights and oversized black plastic wheelarches already seen on Mazda SUVs. (Related: New Mazda3-based SUV teased)


    Inside the cabin, again it’s a case of deja vu, with the interior closely resembling that of the all-new Mazda3; and that’s certainly no bad thing, with a new, high standard of quality materials and high-tech tools. The driver-focused, sporty-feel cockpit has a two-part 'wing' design and an 8.8in central infotainment screen angled towards the driver's seat. (Related: All-new Mazda3 revealed in LA)


    Measuring 4395mm long, 1795mm wide and 1540mm tall, and with a wheelbase of 2655mm, the CX-30, it’s almost identical in size to the Qashqai, and fellow rival the Seat Ateca. The Mazda also gets a 430-litre boot, which matches the Qashqai, plus the option of an electrically-operated tailgate.


    In addition to Mazda’s current range of mild-hybrid petrol units — featuring a motor driven by a 24V battery — and diesel engines, the CX-30 will also be one of the first to use the Japanese carmaker’s innovative Skyactiv-X compression ignition powertrain. The latter combines, according to Mazda, the performance of a petrol engine with the economy of a diesel. Mazda has yet to confirm the exact powertrain line-up for the UK. (Related: Mazda launches new flagship CX-5)


    Six-speed petrol and automatic gearboxes will be available, and all models will feature all-wheel drive balanced by a central torque distribution system.


    Mazda has also paid attention to ensuring the CX-30 is a “driver’s car”. The new model shares its running gear with the rest of the Mazda range, which means means drivers get G-Vectoring to boost the car's handling. Top spec models get Mazda’s enhanced four-wheel-drive system, while the lightweight construction has been designed to improve performance and economy.

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    Jim McGill


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