Mazda is launching the all-new CX-30 in Europe this summer and the automaker has released a mega photo gallery showing the compact SUV in great detail to potential customers.
Bridging the gap between the CX-3 and the CX-5, the CX-30 is 4,395 mm (173 inches) long, 1,795 mm (71 inches) wide, and 1,540 mm (61 inches) high. The wheelbase measures 2,655 mm (105 inches) and is roughly the same as the Mazda3 with which the CX-30 shares the Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture.
The styling is also heavily influenced by the new Mazda3 hatchback, though the CX-30 has some distinguishing styling features such as the thinner C-pillars, higher ground clearance, and abundant plastic cladding (too abundant for some).
The story repeats inside, with the CX-30 featuring the same dashboard design and tech as the 3 — such as the 8.8-inch central display of the Mazda Connect infotainment system which offers navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
In terms of practicality, the CX-30 supersedes its hatchback equivalent though, offering the same space between the front seats as the Mazda CX-5, "ample knee and headroom" for the rear passengers, and a luggage capacity of 430 liters (15.1 cu-ft) — 65 liters (2.3 cu-ft) more than the Mazda3 hatch. The automaker says that’s enough space to simultaneously accommodate a large, global-standard baby buggy and a carry-on bag.
The engine lineup also echoes the Mazda3, with the CX-30 offering the same Skyactiv-G, Skyactiv-D and Skyactiv-X engines in Europe, each available with either six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual or six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmissions.
The Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine delivers 122 PS (120 hp) at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 213 Nm (157 lb-ft) at 4,000 rpm. It comes fitted as standard with the Mazda M Hybrid 24-volt mild-hybrid system and a cylinder deactivation system to deliver an average fuel consumption as low as 5.3 l/100 km/53.3 mpg UK (WLTP) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 141 k/km CO2.
The Skyactiv-D 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel is even more economical, with a claimed WLTP rating as low as 4.1 l/100 km (68.9 mpg UK) and 135 g/km CO2. The oil-burner delivers 116 PS (114 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque at 1,600-2,600 rpm.
Finally, the Skyactiv-X 2.0-liter gasoline engine that uses the Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology combined with the Mazda M Hybrid system promises to combine diesel-like efficiency and torque with the linear response and higher rpm typical of a gasoline engine.
No specs have been released yet for the CX-30 equipped with this engine but we don’t expect any changes over the 180 PS (177 hp) and 224 Nm (165 lb-ft) of torque the Skyactiv-X produces in the Mazda3. All engines are offered with either front- or all-wheel drive — the i-Activ AWD system that works together with G-Vectoring Control.
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On the safety front, the Mazda CX-30’s i-Activsense pack brings a number of standard systems, including smart brake support, high beam control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed assistance, driver attention alert, and adaptive cruise control.