Remember the mystery crossover Mazda teased last month which got most of us wondering whether it will be the new CX-3, European-model CX-4 or even the CX-6? Turns out, it is none of those. Instead, Mazda has revealed a completely all-new global model called the CX-30 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Going into the details, the new crossover rides on an evolution of Mazda's Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture which is shared by the Mazda 3. That said, the CX-30 will slot in between the CX-3 and the CX-5 in terms of size. It measures in at 4,395mm long, 1,795 wide and has a wheelbase of 2,655mm, making it longer and slightly wider than the CX-3, but still smaller than the CX-5.
Like all of Mazda's other current model lineup, the CX-30 sports the brand's signature Kodo design language, and executes it very well. The front fascia looks nearly identical to that of the Mazda6 sedan. Meanwhile, the rear takes design cues from the all-new Mazda3 hatchback, especially with the large C-pillar and taillight design. Thick, black body cladding runs along the whole bottom half of the CX-30, giving it a more rugged look. Nine body colors are available, but it definitely looks the best in Mazda's signature Soul Red.
Inside, the cabin seems to have been lifted directly from the all-new Mazda3. There's a minimalist dashboard with driver-focused instrumentations. Situated in the center is the large 8.8-inch infotainment system which comes with an updated 8-speaker system. All controls are hidden in the middle part of the dash, giving the cabin a much cleaner look. A host of driver aids is also available such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
Mazda will be offering the CX-30 with three powertrain options in Europe: the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine, 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine, and the much anticipated Skyactiv-X engine. Exact performance figures have yet to be announced but the automaker did mention that the crossover will be offered with a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions. Furthermore, the Skyactiv-G and the Skyactiv-X engines will be equipped with Mazda's M Hybrid system for better fuel economy. As it rides on the same platform as the Mazda3, front-wheel drive will be standard. However, i-Activ all-wheel drive is also available as an option.
No details have been announced on whether the CX-30 will be a European model only or will be offered in the U.S. as well as in Asia. There is no reason to suspect, however, that it won't.