New Mazda CX-30 compact SUV arrives to sit between CX-3 and CX-5

New Mazda CX-30 SUV gets styling cues from the latest Mazda 3 and slots between CX-3 and CX-5 in European model range

The Mazda CX-30 is the latest addition to the Japanese maker’s range, and it has been revealed for the first time at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The new model slots into the line-up between the existing CX-3 and CX-5 models, and takes its styling inspiration from the latest Mazda 3.

There is a clear connection between the CX-30 and its sister models, with curved unadorned body panels like those seen on the Mazda 3, combined with oversized black plastic wheelarches and slender light units front and rear, like Mazda’s SUVs. The grille design up front is familiar to other models, while the small glass area helps to create a sporty look.

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Inside, the cockpit again has a look that will be familiar to any current Mazda owners. It’s centred around the driver with the neatly integrated dashtop screen turned at a slight angle towards the driver, while the raised centre console creates a snug, sporty feel.

The CX-30 measures 4,395mm long and 1,795mm wide, so it’s similar in size to class rivals such as the Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Karoq – in comparison the CX-5 is slightly larger at 4,550mm.

Mazda claims that the CX-30 is designed to offer the urban-friendly size of the CX-3 with the practicality of the CX-5. A 430-litre boot is on offer at the back of the car, too.

Under the skin, the CX-30 shares its running gear with the rest of the Mazda range. That means you get G-Vectoring to boost the car’s handling, an enhanced four-wheel-drive system on top-spec models and lightweight construction designed to improve performance and economy.

Power comes from Mazda’s range of Skyactiv petrol and diesel engines, while the petrol units now come a 24-volt mild hybrid system with electric motor that boosts both throttle response and fuel economy.

The CX-30 is for sale in dealers later in 2019. Mazda also showcased the new Mazda 3 at Geneva, as well as a special edition orange MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition and the subtly revised 2019 model year CX-5.

More news from the Geneva Motor Show stands can be found here…

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