A Brief Look at the Mazda CX-30

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The Early Days: The First Generation Mazda CX-30

The Mazda CX-30, a subcompact crossover SUV, has been turning heads since its debut in 2019. However, not many know that the Mazda CX-30 has its roots in the Mazda3. The Mazda CX-30 was initially unveiled in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show and is positioned between the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5 in Mazda’s lineup. Interestingly, the CX-30’s number comes from its “size and position,” not from its engine displacement or model number.

The first generation Mazda CX-30 was powered by Mazda’s SkyActiv-G 2.0L engine, which produced 122 horsepower and 213 Nm (157 lb⋅ft) of torque. The engine was paired with a SkyActiv-MT six-speed manual transmission or a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-30’s first generation was available in five trim levels: SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport, Sport Lux, and GT Sport. However, not all markets received all of the trim levels, and some countries had different names for them.

The CX-30’s first generation included various driver assistance technologies, such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. It also includes an 8.8-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a seven-speaker sound system.

Beyond the Horizon: The Second Generation Mazda CX-30

The second generation Mazda CX-30 debuted in 2020 and brought with it several upgrades and changes. While its looks remained largely the same, the CX-30’s second generation featured significant increases in power and improvements to its interior styling and technological capabilities.

One of the biggest upgrades to the second generation Mazda CX-30 was its new engine. This generation came with Mazda’s SkyActiv-G 2.5L engine, which produced 187 horsepower and 252 Nm (186 lb⋅ft) of torque. The CX-30’s second generation was available in four trim levels: SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, and GT Sport.

The CX-30’s infotainment system also received an upgrade in its second generation. It now features a 10.25-inch touchscreen display instead of the previous 8.8-inch display. Additionally, the system now includes a larger, more intuitive control knob and better voice recognition capabilities.

In terms of safety, the second generation CX-30 included several additional driver assistance features such as driver attention alert, a 360-degree camera, and front cross-traffic alert.

A Vision for the Future: The Third Generation Mazda CX-30

While there is no official confirmation regarding the release date of the third generation CX-30, there are already rumors and leaks about its new design, features, and capabilities. One of the most significant rumors is that the CX-30’s third generation will receive a mild hybrid powertrain. The mild hybrid setup combines a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt hybrid system that functions as both a starter motor and electric motor to increase fuel efficiency.

The third generation CX-30 may also receive some notable design changes, with some reports suggesting that it could adopt elements from Mazda’s upcoming MX-30 electric SUV. In terms of its interior, we can expect to see and updated version of Mazda’s infotainment system, which could include over-the-air updates, as well as improved connectivity and features.

In the area of safety, the third generation CX-30 may include advanced driver assistance systems such as Mazda’s i-Activsense safety suite, which includes features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and emergency braking.

The Sum of Its Parts: The Mazda CX-30 in Review

The Mazda CX-30 has evolved over the years, from its first generation to the upcoming third generation. Each generation has improved upon the previous one, bringing advancements in technology, design, and safety. The CX-30 has carved out a place in the crowded crossover SUV market with its impressive driving dynamics, attractive styling, and upscale interior. With the third generation CX-30 on the horizon, it’s clear that Mazda remains committed to innovation and excellence in their lineup of vehicles.


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