The Mazda CX-30 is a raised Mazda3 and shares underpinnings and mechanicals.
Mazda introduced the Turbo just last month.
It could be introduced before the year’s end.
It almost makes too much sense even though it doesn’t. As a simple drop-in, the Mazda3 Turbo’s boosted 2.5-litre engine would transform the pleasant CX-30 into a stealthy street-light racer.
Now, although a CX-30 would have plenty of power to mess with a number of sport compact cars, nor it or the Mazda3 Turbo were conceived to do so. The premium products that they are, are more in line with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and perhaps the BMW X2 M35i. Mazda has made huge progress in transforming its product into a premium vehicle and the comparison is valid.
The turbocharged 2.5-litre 4-cylinder, with premium fuel, produces 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque which would ensure more than sufficient performance to match the two mentioned German utes. With it will be delivered a 6-speed automatic transmission and, of course, Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive system with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus).
The real kicker would be its price which we assume could easily slide well under the $40,000 mark in Canada, or about $3,000 more than the current GT, or about $12,000 less than the X2 M35i. In the US, the Premium package with AWD is $29,600, which could position the Turbo at no more than $32,000.
From what we gather, a Mazda CX-30 Turbo could be revealed before the end of 2020. In this case, we think it would hit showrooms in early 2021 for the 2022 model year.