Mazda South Africa has finally introduced the CX-30, a compact crossover that was first unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2019. This new compact SUV forms part of the CX Range and slots between the popular Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5 offerings. What is the newcomer all about? Let’s take a closer look.
Following the launch of the all-new Mazda3, the Mazda CX-30 is the second model in Mazda’s next generation line-up. Combining the bold proportions of an SUV with the sleek profile of a coupe, its styling is a sophisticated evolution of Mazda’s KODO design philosophy, while it’s spacious and versatile cabin ensures it has the practicality and comfort demanded by customers in this popular segment.
At 4,395mm long, 1,795mm wide, 1,540mm high and with a 2,655mm wheelbase, the Mazda CX-30 enters a new market segment for Mazda. Positioned between the CX-3 and the long-established and popular CX-5, it fulfils the requirements of customers who wish to combine the compact, urban-friendly dimensions of the former with the space and practicality of the latter.
The new Mazda CX-30 showcases a more mature Kodo design language which retains vitality but now targets greater styling prestige through the elegance and purity of a minimalist aesthetic inspired by the purest traditions of Japanese art and the beauty of space between objects.
What can we expect engine wise?
The model line-up consists of three derivatives, offered in front-wheel drive (FWD) and automatic transmission: Active, Dynamic and Individual. The Mazda CX-30 range will be powered by a 2.0L SKYACTIV-G engine, which puts out 121kW of power and 213Nm of torque (at 4,000rpm), and features Mazda’s characteristic generous standard equipment across the entire range.
What about features?
Every car across the range comes standard with high grade features such as LED Headlamps with Auto levelling; Driver, Passenger, Knee (Driver), Side & Curtain airbags; Head-Up Display (HUD); MZD Connect infotainment system with an 8.8-Inch Display Screen; Apple Carplay™ and Android Auto™, to name a few. The Mazda CX-30 offers a choice of nine exterior colours. Active and Dynamic grades feature 16-inch grey metallic alloy wheels, whereas the Individual grade features 18-inch silver metallic alloy wheels.
Luggage capacity is a capacious 430L, enough to simultaneously accommodate a large, global-standard baby buggy and a carry-on bag. Lift gate opening width is 1,020mm, while the height of the loading lip is just 731mm, for easy loading and unloading of heavy or bulky cargo.
Since its launch in 2019, the Mazda CX-30 has received many accolades, including: winner of the Car of the Year 2020 in Thailand, winner of the 2020 Red Dot Design Award, earned five stars and the highest safety rating in the Euro NCAP, won the 2020 Design Trophy in the SUV category in Germany, and being a finalist for the 2020 World Car of the Year Award.
Commenting on the launch of the Mazda CX-30 in South Africa, Craig Roberts, Managing Director Mazda Southern Africa said: “We are excited that we are now able to offer our customers this superb new contender in the compact SUV category. Made for a wide range of fans, especially younger people who are approaching significant life transitions, the Mazda CX-30 was engineered so meticulously that it leaves you feeling like it was made just for you. We believe that the Mazda CX-30 offers a superb value proposition with many high grade standard features across the range, leaving the driver feeling confident and relaxed.”
Pricing will be communicated closer to the national launch in the coming months.