Mazda confirms new CX-30 SUV specs and pricing
Mazda's new medium-small SUV bridges the gap between the popular CX-3 and CX-5.
Mazda has published the particulars of the new CX-30 SUV, which will sit – in terms of size, price and specs – between the extremely popular small-size CX-3 and the mid-size CX-5. Mazda says that this combination of a more compact body like the CX-3 with the additional interior room of the CX-5 will make it an ideal city car.
Mazda CX-30 specs
Here are the model highlights for the CX-30:
- Safety tech. The CX-30 is loaded with a number of safety features. Driver Monitoring determines whether the driver is displaying signs of fatigue by observing their face. Front Cross Traffic Alerts sound out a warning to minimise incidents at junctions by using two side radar sensors to detect reflected radios waves from other vehicles. As standard, there's also Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go and Smart Brake Support (SBS). Higher-end Astina CX-30s have a 360-degree view monitor and Cruise & Traffic Support (CTS).
- A cabin made for humans. Managing Director of Mazda Australia Vinesh Bhindi says that the CX-30 has a "human-centric cabin design", built from "premium materials", with the styling governed by "ergonomic driver research". The results of the surveys mean that the seats promote the natural curve of the spine, while the interior is biased towards the driver to help them focus. Mazda says that this is a manifestation "Jinba Ittai" (人馬一体), which roughly translates to "person and horse as one body".
- Engines and transmission. Mazda is set to offer two engines, a Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre, or the larger 2.5-litre from the same line. It seems that the medium-small SUV is automatic only, with a Skyactiv-Drive six-speed transmission.
- Kodo design language. If you're not familiar with how car stylists work, they adopt a visual philosophy for each generation of a car. This is often called a design language, and just like real languages, they can pick and choose words to make up sentences, or cars in this case. Mazda calls its outlook "Kodo". It's intended to emphasise graceful and energetic lines, taking inspiration from wind or flowing water. Kodo design is evidenced in the body form, which plays with reflections and merges the form of a coupé with the heft of an SUV.
- Paint options. You can have your CX-30 painted in one of seven colours. There's Polymetal Grey Metallic, Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Sonic Silver Metallic, Machine Grey Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica. Interestingly, all of these exterior finishes sound like premium paint options.
- Interior equipment. There's an 8.8-inch infotainment display upfront, which has Mazda's Connect running on it, and the sat-nav is standard across the range. It's good to see Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as defacto inclusions too. Higher grades get leather trim options, including a Rich Brown leather. Lower-end trim lines have either Navy or Black cloth upholstery.
Pricing and launch date
If the CX-30 has piqued your interest, you won't have to wait too long for it. Mazda says it'll launch early next year. Pricing starts from $29,990 for the G20 Pure FWD model. Vision Technology takes the price up to $31,490. The top-of-the-range G25 Astina AWD (with the 2.5-litre powertrain) has a list price of $43,490.
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