For some time, smaller Mazda models were competitive or even class-leading in certain aspects, but they could not withstand the competition as the Japanese brand continued to sell its range of inflatable engines. Well, this year everything has changed.
Recently, the excellent Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback with the 2.5-liter turbocharged Skyactiv-G engine was announced, and now the Mazda CX-30 is the next model in the brand's lineup to receive additional power from this power pack. In the CX-30 2.5 Turbo produces 250 horsepower and 434 Nm of torque, which is a significant leap compared to 186 hp and 252 Nm from the 2.5-liter "atmosphere" CX-30.
However, it should be noted that the new engine develops only 227 hp and 420 Nm when running on conventional gasoline with octane number 87 (AI-92). Although Mazda has not made any performance claims, the new 2.5T should provide fast acceleration in the relatively compact body of the CX-30. The engine is paired with the all-wheel drive i-Activ system and is expected to use a 6-speed automatic transmission like the other CX-30s.
The turbocharged engine is the answer to one of the few criticisms of the CX-30, which looks great, has an excellent interior and is equipped with advanced safety features such as automatic braking in reverse cross traffic, assistance in traffic jams with the latest steering system to keep the CX-30 in its lane at speeds below 65 km/h.
To differentiate the most powerful CX-30 from other kits in the range, Mazda equipped it with 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, glossy black exterior mirror housings, as well as larger exhaust pipes and Turbo badges at the rear. A Bose audio system with 12 speakers is available on the inside, and the chrome finish and pleasant touch plastic enhance the feeling of quality.
Although Mazda says the prices will be announced only in the coming months, according to earlier information, they will start at $29,900. This is more expensive than a few sets in the larger CX-5 range, and is a significant amount for a sub-compact crossover. The CX-30 turbocharged will be on sale before the end of the year as the 2021 model.