New SUV will be a 'core model' in Mazda's range and is due on sale in the UK this year

Mazda has revealed the new CX-30 SUV, which sits between the CX-3 and CX-5, at the Geneva motor show.

The Nissan Qashqai rival is based on the recently launched Mazda 3 hatch and is described as a new "core model" in the Japanese firm’s line-up. It will go on sale in the UK later this year powered by a range of petrol hybrid and diesel engines.

The compact crossover features Mazda’s distinctive Kodo design language and will also use the firm’s latest-generation engines, including the Skyactiv-X compression ignition powertrain. The firm says the CX-30 will be a global model that will be "made at key global plants".

All of the petrol engines offered in the machine will be mild-hybrid units, featuring a motor driven by a 24V battery. The CX-30 will also be offered with Mazda's Skyactiv-D diesel engine. The exact powertrain line-up for the UK has yet to be confirmed. All models will feature all-wheel drive balanced by a central torque distribution system and six-speed petrol and automatic gearboxes will be available.

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Mazda says the SUV has been styled to reflect the "flowing beauty of a coupé and the bold toughness of an SUV". It features a bold, large, triangular grille similar to that seen on the 3, along with the traditional high-riding SUV stance, black body trim and a relatively sleek rear end. There are also optional LED front lights and progressive indicators.

Built on the same Skyactiv platform as the 3, the CX-30 has been honed to offer dynamic handling, Mazda claims, despite the high-riding SUV form.

The CX-30 is 4395mm long, 1795mm wide and 1540mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2655mm, making it virtually identical in size to class rivals such as the Qashqai and Seat Ateca. It features a 430-litre boot, which matches the Qashqai. An electrically operated tailgate will be an option.

The interior has a driver-focused cockpit with a two-part 'wing' design and an 8.8in central infotainment screen angled towards the driver's seat. The system features what Mazda calls a "new, intuitive guidance system" and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The driver display mixes analogue and digital displays. 

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5 March 2019

Seeing this new CX-30 CUV, suddenly Mazda's brave decision relating to that C-pillar on the 3 Hatch makes sense.  The CX-30 is clearly aimed at the family buyer, leaving the 5 door version of the 3 to take on a quasi-coupe look.  Both are very fine looking things, with lots of individual style.  Note how the new smaller Alfa CUV concept has very similar surfacing to the Mazda and, if anything, the Mazda is the better looking, more balanced design.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

5 March 2019

Why family would want that 'munter' impractical 3 hatchback over this is beyond me.  Mazda just got back on track IMHO.

Please, please come with a Turbo 1.5'ish option

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5 March 2019

I was just about to say the same thing.  Mazda's bravery with the lack of rear passenger and boot space in the 3 now makes sense, the CX-30 provides a more family focussed option.I still think Mazda should bring the CX-9 to the UK; the large SUV market is still a popular and I'm sure profitable one here.Back to the CX-30; I really like the styling (I'm not a massive SUV fan, but they have their uses), the interior quality and design looks a good step forward on the previous 3, and the promise of mild hybrid and compression ignition engine would definitely be tempting. 

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5 March 2019

CX-5 too big, CX-3 too small (way too small!  It's basically a SUV 2+2 with no boot space).

Now this may sound really weird coming from a time where SUV's are everywhere, but actually finding an SUV this size with a decent auto transmission is almost impossible. VW DSG unreliable, CVT is a joke, Korean's attempts inefficient. This could well be the answer to replace my manual Ateca because up until now, an auto X1 is the only thing that suits.

5 March 2019

The CX-3 should have been called the CX-2, given it's dimensions (particuarly inside).  I also think Mazda possibly limited themselve in what to call this; they probably wanted to call it the CX-4, but that already exists as a Chinese only market coupe CX-5.  This will definintely appeal to those who considered the CX-5 but found it too big.  The driving dynamics should be a step up on it's already impressive big brother.

"Why is not getting more media attention? It could be the future... Now!"

21 March 2019

It's a little strange that your editors have slipped a picture of a CX-3 in along with the CX-30 pics.


Regardless, I am looking forward to seeing this car in person. As an owner of a 1990 miata and a 2004 Mazda 6 wagon, I have been waiting  for a suitable wagon replacement since the current Mazda6 wagon is not offered for sale in the US.


The new Mazda 3 is  beautiful in person but I can only fit my gold clubs in the trunk (boot) if I pull out my driver.  The cx5 has plenty of room but sits up a bit high and narrow for me. This new one looks just right, goldilocks. I'm an  empty nester, not really the target demographic, but this seems like a nice replacement for my current wagon.

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