If you feel that the CX-3 is too small and CX-5 is too big, then Mazda has heard you. Lo and behold, the Mazda CX-30. Teased prior to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, this all new SUV model fills a very small void between its siblings.
Aside from looking remarkably similar to the CX-5, the CX-30 actually has many subtle yet unique design cues. Applying the Kodo, Soul of Motion, design language has been greatly beneficial to Mazda as their models continue to awe us one after the other. Elements of Yohaku and Sori, beauty of empty space and curves with poise and balance, continue along the front fender to the rear wheel providing the car with a pronounced sense of speed. Among the nine exterior colours offered are Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray and Polymetal Gray that were developed for the Mazda3.
The cabin is enveloped in open space for the passenger while managing a driver focused cockpit. Vital vehicle information is displayed to the driver via a driving position angled meter cluster called Active Driving Display, allowing the driver to be relaxed behind the wheel. Despite its size, Mazda has done well to maintain maximum driveability by having a high seating position, optimized A and C pillar design. This reduces blind spots and makes the car easier to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
Speaking of drivability, let’s talk power and performance. Among the drivetrains available will be Mazda’s M Hybrid system in the Skyactiv-G 2.0 and Skyactiv-X. The latter uses Spark Controlled Compression Ignition(SPGCCI) which makes it one of the most responsive diesel engines available today. The CX-30 puts down power to all four wheels via i-ACTIV AWD and G-Vectoring Control Plus. Combined, these two systems boost traction and all weather performance.
As is the highlight with modern cars today, safety technologies continue to dominate buyers decision making process. Packaged in the CX-30’s i-Activesense is a Driver Monitoring System that tracks the driver’s line of sight, how much are the eyes open, and picks up facial features for signs of drowsiness and fatigue. This information is computed and if triggered, will activate the Smart Brake Support. Other than that Front Cross Traffic Alert and Cruising & Traffic Support system come standard to make your driving experience less wearisome.