Mazda CX-30 compact crossover makes debut at Geneva

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.

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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