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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.
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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.