Mazda CX-30 unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

  • Mar 06, 2019

ABU DHABI: A while back before the Geneva Motor Show, Mazda was teasing us with a mystery SUV which was speculated to be the second-generation CX-3. Well, that was not it. Mazda calls it the CX-30 and it’s positioned between the CX-3 and CX-5. There is already a CX-4 exclusively for China, hence Mazda had to use a different name.

Mazda CX-30 Front

Mazda is using the latest evolution of the Kodo design philosophy on the CX-30. The use of empty space (Yohaku), curves with poise and balance (Sori), and play of light and shadow (Utsoroi) are the three key tenets for Kodo 2.0. This causes changes in reflections on the body when the car is in motion.

Mazda CX-30 Dash

The front is reminiscent of the CX-5 but has a chrome grille trim merging deeper into slim headlights. The lower portion of the bumper is entirely black and has larger intakes with slits for the LED fog lamps. The side is where the most noticeable changes are observed, with an ‘S shape’ on the door panels that has apparently been influenced by the brushwork used in Japanese calligraphy. The sloping roofline meets the rear with the powered tailgate, which is flanked by circular taillights with a trailing edge moving inward.

Mazda CX-30 Top

Move on over to the inside of the CX-30 and you are greeted with a layout that is almost identical to the Mazda 3. Technological features include an 8.8-inch primary display, Mazda Active Driving Display, analogue/digital dials in the instrument cluster, and MZD Connect infotainment system with an 8-speaker or Bose 12-speaker setup. On the safety front you get the Mazda –Activsense suite comprising of Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA), Cruising and Traffic Support (a form of low-speed adaptive cruise control), and Driver Monitoring System. You also get 7 airbags.

Mazda CX-30 Badge

Engine options for the CX-30 include Mazda’s SkyActiv petrol/diesel engines. Petrol variants will have Mazda’s M hybrid system and the Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology. Power is delivered via a 6-speed manual/automatic gearbox with Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system as an option. Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) comes as standard on the CX-30.

Built on the SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture, the CX-30 uses ultra-high tensile steel which allows for lightweight, high-rigidity body design. The CX-30 might be the CX-4 equivalent for the Europe market.


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