Saturday, September 25, 2021
News Practically Confirmed: Mazda CX-30 To Get A Turbo Version

Practically Confirmed: Mazda CX-30 To Get A Turbo Version

With 227 horsepower, a Mazda CX-30 Turbo would be in a class of its own and mess with performance variants of luxury SUVs.


  • 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.

2020 Mazda CX-30 | Photo: Mazda

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.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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