2020 Mazda CX-30 Makes US Debut, Other Markets to Follow—Including PH?
First shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March, the CX-30 blends “the bold proportions of an SUV with elegant styling that embodies Mazda’s Kodo design language,” according to the Japanese car manufacturer.
If you’re wondering why they can’t call it the CX-4, that’s because Mazda already has a model bearing that name exclusive to China, and so the ‘0’ was added as a workaround.
Five inches shorter than the CX-5, Mazda’s newest offering is further distinguished by its thick black side cladding, which may become more common in the manufacturer’s models as they move forward with the evolution of their Kodo styling.
The Mazda CX-30 comes in a range of powertrains depending on the region. In Europe, the crossover comes in a range of engines including a Skyactiv-D 1.8-liter diesel mill and the new 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X engine with gasoline compression ignition. In the US, it is only allowed to use a 186-horsepower, 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine due to the nation’s emission standards.
In Canada and Mexico, the car has a 2.0-liter SkyActiv G gas engine option.
Inside, the CX-30 gets a lot less confusing, with a more uniform look across the range. The CX-30 interior is evidently Mazda, starting with the symmetrical driver-centric cockpit that has all three gauge meters and the center display angled toward the driver for a truly ergonomic look.
Likewise, the shift lever, cup holders, and commander control forward in a ‘control area’ are all strategically placed within the driver easy reach.
An 8.8-inch wide-screen touch display takes centerstage on the dashboard, offering simplified operation courtesy of the commander control.
Boot capacity is a 430 liters impressive for a crossover of the CX-30’s size. The power liftgate opens 1,020mm wide. Combining this with the relatively low lip height of 731mm makes cargo loading and unloading cargo a cinch for the crossover.
A three-way, eight-speaker audio system comes standard, although a custom-tuned 12-speaker Bose system designed to “provide more powerful bass and the enhanced audio quality expected of the Bose brand” is available as an option.
The front end ties quite nicely with the rest of Mazda’s crossover range, with the signature grille shape taking on a sharper and deeper shape that segues seamlessly with the front bumper’s contoured design.
Rear fenders flow out from the be-dimpled rear cabin and the steeply-raked rear windshield, imbuing it with the wide, dynamic stance characteristic of a sportback.
It’s worth noting that character lines are non-existent in the CX-30, instead, the car gets deep curves and hints of creases from front to the back. There’s simply no sharp angle or edge to be found in the sheetmetal, which makes the crossover look all the more futuristic.
Will the 2020 Mazda CX-30 make it to the Philippine market? Well, Mazda PH already has ad placements for the car on its website and various social media, and that’s especially telling.