With the Geneva Motor Show having finished in Europe last week there is a lot of auto news to catch up on. There was a lot at the show, including big V8s, supercars, hypercars and some old favourites. One standout for me was the new Mazda CX-30.
The Mazda range of cars is slim but fully featured but there is a bit of a jump between the subcompact CX-3 and the compact CX-5 SUVs. That’s where the Mazda CX-30 comes in. It will slot comfortably between these two and change the naming convention while it’s there.
So it isn’t a subcompact and neither is it a compact but somewhere in between. Data released by Mazda tells us the Mazda CX-30 is 5 inches longer than the CX-3 and 5 inches shorter than the CX-5 and just an inch wider. The wheelbase differs, showing the wheels closer to each corner which could revolutionize driving characteristics.
The styling is in line with Mazda’s newer design philosophy and is simply awesome. Using superlatives when describing Mazda is a new phenomenon and I’m not the only automotive journalist having trouble coming to terms with that while loving it at the same time. Of all the Japanese marques, these are the best looking cars available right now.
The interior will be equally stylish with comfortable seating, top quality build and finishing and lots of technology. We got a glimpse of the interior but it doesn’t give away much.
Mechanicals of the Mazda CX-30
Mazda did tell us what drivetrains would be globally available but didn’t have specifics for the Canadian market. There will be a 2.0-litre four cylinder, a 1.8-litre diesel, SkyActiv 2.0-litre four cylinder and hybrid or electric variants of the gasoline engines. Both gas engines will also use Mazda’s new M Hybrid system. I suspect we will see the gas engines here but not the diesel.
We don’t know what kind of transmission it will use, just that it will be front wheel drive with AWD as an option. That’s good news for us!
Mazda didn’t say much else about the Mazda CX-30. Only that it is a global model that will be coming to North America at some point. They had no details of the specs of the NA model, only this global version and even then, there wasn’t much to get our teeth into. I suspect that will change as we move towards the launch date at the end of the year.
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