Sitting between the CX-3 and CX-5, the new model is priced from £22,895. It's available initially with a choice of two petrol engines and five trim levels.
Entry-level SE-L comes equipped with 16in metallic alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, chrome exhaust tips and automatic wipers as standard. Inside, it receives a cloth interior, manually adjustable front seats, a head-up display and an electronic parking brake.
SE-L Lux adds £1300 to the model’s list price, bringing front parking sensors, heated front seats, a rear-view camera and a powered tailgate. Sport Lux, from £25,295, includes 18in alloy wheels, a black front grille and adaptive LED headlights.
GT Sport and GT Sport Tech head up the CX-30 range from £27,095, adding automatically tilting wing mirrors, a black leather interior, a heated steering wheel and a 360deg camera.
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The CX-30 features Mazda’s distinctive Kodo design language and uses the firm’s latest-generation engines, including the Skyactiv-X compression ignition powertrain. The Japanese firm says the CX-30 is a global model "made at key global plants".
Two 2.0-litre petrol engines are available at launch: the 120bhp Skyactiv-G unit and the more potent 178bhp Skyactiv-X. Both can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.
Both petrol engines offered in the machine are 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 in the near future. All models feature all-wheel drive balanced by a central torque distribution system.
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.
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.
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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