Lost in all the news of the fancy supercars debuting at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is the reveal of a new Mazda crossover. Called the Mazda CX-30, this all-new vehicle will sit between the CX-3 subcompact crossover and CX-5 compact crossover.
Simply put, this is a new crossover based on the Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture that underpins the latest Mazda3. It’s bigger than the CX-3 yet smaller than the CX-5, offering just enough space for four adults in a stylish package. With sleek, uninterrupted lines, the new Mazda CX-30 certainly has a clean design, but the body cladding surrounding the wheel arches may seem a bit excessive, making the wheels look relatively small. The Mazda CX-30 will be offered with nine paint finishes including Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, and Polymetal Gray, which was originally developed for the new Mazda3.
The interior seems upscale and attractive, with a high-end layout that’s centered around driver engagement. Everything is oriented towards the driver, and you’ll find fancy stitching on a dash, giving the CX-30 a premium flair. There are two special interior color schemes available, one with dark brown accents that are combined with leather interior, and a blue accented interior that is fitted with cloth or leatherette upholstery.
The design team at Mazda went to great lengths to ensure that the CX-30 covered as many bases as possible in terms of ergonomics. There are wide openings for the door thanks to the shape and height of the seat cushions and B-pillars. The A and C-pillars are also thin and help with visibility by reducing blind spots.
The infotainment system has also been redone, featuring an 8.8-inch widescreen display with a rotary knob controller. There are two sound systems offered on the CX-30, a standard 8-speaker setup, and an uplevel Bose 12-speaker setup. In addition to these features, the Mazda boasts improvements in terms of noise levels inside the cabin, suppressing unwanted noise to create what the automaker calls “high-quality quietness.”
Under the hood, the CX-30 is being exhibited with a few powertrains including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine that features cylinder deactivation. There is also the upcoming Skyactiv-X compression ignition combustion engine promised for the new crossover. Both engines will us Mazda’s M Hybrid system to improve fuel economy. A 1.8-liter diesel engine is also offered in certain markets, although it’s unlikely to make the jump to North America.
Mazda is offering only details on an all-wheel-drive CX-30, so it’s unclear if this is the only setup for the crossover. The i-Activ AWD system works in harmony with the brand’s G-Vectoring Control system to provide a better sense of steering and handling. There will also be G-Vectoring Control Plus, which adds yaw moment control via braking to ensure the vehicle has better stability during emergency avoidance situations and high-speed maneuvers.
The CX-30 also features a bunch of safety systems, including Mazda’s Driver Monitoring system which uses an infrared camera and LED to monitor the driver’s condition while driving. There is also a front-traffic alert system, which will alert drivers who are pulling into a busy intersection.
We’d love to give more details about the CX-30, like availability and pricing, but so far, that information has been scarce. We’ll be sure to report that information when it’s announced.
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