2020 Mazda CX-30: A jacked up Mazda3?

Mazda CX-30 front three quarter

Mazda has introduced a new crossover, called the Mazda CX-30, which will utilize the same platform as the Mazda3, and be available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive formats.

The new SUV will sit in between the CX-3 and the CX-5 in the current lineup, and will be priced accordingly.

The company is taking the same approach as its smallest crossover, the Mazda CX-3, in that it uses an existing hatch platform and creates a new SUV from it.

Mazda CX-30 rear three quarter

But the company says that the CX-30’s main strengths will be comfort, practicality and maneuverability.

To achieve this, the CX-30 is both shorter and skinnier than the Mazda3, but with a taller body and better packaging. By doing this, it can fit into smaller parking spaces, but will still have the same rear legroom as the much larger Mazda CX-5.

And while the trunk won’t be quite as large, it’s said to be big enough to house shopping bags or strollers. Imagine something a bit bigger than the Mazda3’s cargo space.

On the outside, Mazda says it was styled using the “charge and release” method. “Imagine a single stroke of ink that starts from above the front tires, flows toward the back and releases its energy,” says Mazda. Can you see it? We can, sort of. If you squint a bit…

Mazda CX-30 back end

Meanwhile, the program manager for the CX-30, Naohito Saga, told Motor Trend that the reason the name CX-30 was chosen was to distance itself from the CX-3 and the CX-5.

“We didn’t want to have any relation to 3 or 5, like a 3 Plus or Mini 5 or anything like that,” said Saga.

Also differentiating the CX-30 is the font used for the badging. While other Mazda models used an italicized font, the new badges look like they could have come from an Infiniti. Indeed, with a Q on the front instead of a C, you’d swear it was made by its rival.

While exact specs and trim levels haven’t been announced yet, the company is currently fine-tuning what it will release.

“We have capability, as we have already announced with Mazda3…so we are now finalizing what offering we make to individual market—it’s going to be announced,” Saga told Motor Trend.

Saga also mentioned that the AWD version will be very capable, especially in colder climates where there is a lot of snow.

Around 130 countries will get the new CX-30, with the vehicle being built in both left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive.

Mazda CX-30 interior

The interior is a new take on Mazda’s design language, too, with higher quality finishes and a new infotainment screen which is shorter but wider. This is a change from the current trend of simply lifting a cabin design from a donor model, such as happened with the CX-3 (taken from the Mazda2) and the CX-8 (lifted from the CX-5).

Under the hood will be a new engine, called the Skyactiv-X, which uses a far higher compression ratio than normal engines, creating compression ignition controlled by the spark plugs. This gives both more power and better fuel economy.

There will be both Skyactiv-X (diesel) and Skyactiv-G gasoline engines which couple with a mild hybrid system to take further load off the motor, and that can run accessories like the air conditioner, water pump and other bits and pieces.

Pricing will be announced in due course.

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