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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

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