Geneva: 2020 Mazda CX-30

Mazda’s new CX-30 fills the gap between CX-3 and CX-5

Mazda’s new CX-30 fills the gap between CX-3 and CX-5

Mazda put on the world premiere of the Mazda CX-30 compact crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show today. Mazda USA spokesman Drew Cary told Motor Authority the CX-30 will arrive in the US, but a launch date and final specs have not been finalized.

The CX-30 also includes the latest suite of Mazda safety features (under the i-Activsense banner), including lane departure warnings, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

The infotainment system will come with an 8.8-inch screen-vs. the 7-inch screen you'd find in a 2019 CX-3 or CX-5-and a rotary controller that sits in the console between the seats. The proportions are balanced and the machine appears to be slightly less aggressive than the CX-5 but, dare we say, that's good. At 4,395 mm long and 1,795 mm wide, it's quite a bit longer and a little bit wider than the CX-3.

The CX-30 will bring all-wheel-drive and a higher ride height to the Mazda3 platform
The CX-30 will bring all-wheel-drive and a higher ride height to the Mazda3 platform

Sitting between the CX-3 and CX-5, the CX-30 is the fifth high-rider in Mazda's line-up.

Along with a trio of engines, Mazda will offer both six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes in overseas markets. In the announcement, Mazda President and CEO Akira Marumoto said, "We designed the CX-30 to be an essential partner in the customer's life". The tech combines an ICE with an electric motor and a 24-volt lithium-ion battery.

There is no word on Australian specification yet, however European cars will be available with a trio of engines - a SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre petrol, SkyActiv-D 1.8-litre diesel, and Mazda's new compression ignition SkyActiv-X petrol (with an undisclosed capacity). Power will flow through the front wheels as standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option, complete with torque-vectoring system. The manufacturer is not disclosing performance numbers for the unit, but if the new Mazda3 for Europe is anything to go by, you should expect the peak output to be about 178 bhp and 164 pound-feet of torque. Mazda says it delivers better grip under all driving conditions without affecting the fuel efficiency.

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