Geneva: Mazda expects big things of CX-30 SUV

Mid-sized SUV sits between CX-3 and CX-5.

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Mazda has unveiled its CX-30 SUV at the Geneva motor show and is expecting the new model to become one of the brand’s biggest sellers.

While some had predicted ahead of the show that Mazda would launch an overtly coupe-like design named the CX-4, the CX-30 is a more traditional rival to popular models such as the Peugeot 3008, SEAT Ateca and Ford Kuga.

It does showcase the latest iteration of Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language. There’s a bold grille flanked by swept-back headlights, a small glass area for a sporty look and gently curving exterior panels. The interior is similar to that on the new Mazda 3.

The CX-30 sits in between the Mazda 2-based CX-3 and Mazda 6-based CX-5. According to Mazda, it aims to offer the best of both worlds.

New petrol tech

Built on the same underpinnings as the brand new Mazda 3 hatchback, the CX-30 will have access to the new Mazda SkyActiv-X petrol engine when it hits the market. This clever technology combines aspects of petrol and diesel engines, aiming to bring the torque and fuel economy of compression ignition engines to a spark ignition car.

Initially, the CX-30 will go on sale with a 2.0-litre petrol and 1.8-litre diesel – both SkyActiv mild-hybrid units mated to either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes. The mild-hybrid system claims to boost both throttle response and fuel economy, as well as providing snappier response for the engine’s start-stop system.

Four-wheel drive will also be available for the car, but the majority of models will be front-wheel drive only.

The CX-30 will hit dealers later in 2019 alongside the new Mazda 3, as well as a special edition MX-5 which celebrates the model’s 30th anniversary.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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