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Sportier take on Mazda’s effective crossover formula

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PROS

  • Coupe-like shape with a high-rise stance
  • Smooth, unadorned styling is fuss-free
  • Efficient range of engines and tech

CONS

  • Little else confirmed at this stage

PROS

  • Coupe-like shape with a high-rise stance
  • Smooth, unadorned styling is fuss-free
  • Efficient range of engines and tech

CONS

  • Little else confirmed at this stage

Verdict

Surprises are few and far between in the modern motor industry, but the new Mazda CX-30 SUV is one such rarity.

Not because it exists – Mazda had already announced that a new crossover range slotting between the established CX-3 and CX-5 ranges would debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show – but rather its name. Logic suggested it would have been badged CX-4, given its positioning, but instead it’s called CX-30, possibly heralding the start of a new naming strategy.

What exactly is the 2019 Mazda CX-30?

Size-wise the CX-30 slots between the CX-3 and CX-5, but the rear of the newcomer is more tapered and coupe-like, emphasising a sportier ethos for this crossover.

Mazda CX-30 SUV side elevation

Its elegant styling shares themes with the recently introduced Mazda 3 Hatchback, being largely free of superfluous adornment, save for the unpainted plastic cladding on the lower extremities of the CX-30’s bodywork. Perhaps without it the Mazda wouldn’t have looked sufficiently like a crossover.

Regardless, it has few direct rivals, in part because not many other brands offer smaller SUV coupes and also because Mazda has premium aspirations. As such, anything from the Audi Q3, to a Mercedes-Benz GLA and even the Volkswagen T-Roc could be considered alternatives.

2019 Mazda CX-30: SkyActiv petrol and diesel engines

With technologies such as an intelligent all-wheel drive system and G-Vectoring Control Plus to enhance the CX-30’s traction when cornering, Mazda is making positive noises about the crossover’s handling. It’s unlikely to feel like a taller, roomier MX-5, but it’s not as if the Japanese firm isn’t well-versed in making its cars enjoyable to drive.

How well it handles won’t be clear until later in 2019 when we drive it and on a similar theme, precise performance figures have yet to be published, either.

Mazda CX-30 SUV dashboard

What we know so far is that the CX-30 will be available with SkyActiv-D diesel and SkyActiv-G petrol engines, the latter with a mild-hybrid system for a small electrical boost to benefit both performance and economy.

Also featuring will be Mazda’s new SkyActiv-X engine, claimed to offer petrol-like performance with diesel-esque fuel efficiency – a claim we’ll put to the test when we drive the CX-30.

Will there be an electric Mazda CX-30?

Electrification is poised to become widespread across Mazda’s range over the next few years, so a battery-powered CX-30 is highly likely in addition to the mild-hybrid package. So far the company is yet to confirm which models will receive the technology.

Two electrical systems will be offered by Mazda: one is pure electric, the other being a range extender using a small rotary engine as an on-board generator. As the former arrangement is likely to be significantly less expensive, that’s more likely to be the package fitted to the CX-30.

Mazda CX-30 SUV rear details

How much will the 2019 Mazda CX-30 cost?

There’ll be no official word on pricing until shortly before order books open for the CX-30 in the second-half of 2019, but it’s safe to assume they’ll be somewhere between those of the CX-3 and CX-5 – a starting price of £21,000 is feasible.

Expect standard equipment to be on the generous side, with few extra-cost options available as customers will be encouraged to progress to the next model up the trim level hierarchy.

Contemporary technologies such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are likely to be standard, while high-end models appear set to have two-tone interiors with either dark blue or brown contrasts.

Parkers will be among the first to drive the Japanese marque’s newest crossover, so bookmark this page for the full Mazda CX-30 SUV review

Mazda CX-30 SUV rear three-quarters

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