250 hp for second-smallest Mazda
Is this the crossover version of a hot hatch?
The latest addition to the Mazda family is the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo that hides the brand’s 2.5L turbo. The model arrives for 2021 and will start for a little over $36,000 when it hits dealers in Canada.
The new engine makes three total engine choices for the compact and stylish CX-30, starting with the 155 hp 2.0L four in the GX model. The 2.5T makes 227 hp on regular gas or 250 if you fill it with 93 octane, along with 310 lb-ft of torque (320 on 93).
That’s a healthy increase over the 2.5L non-turbo four offered in the CX-30, which does 186 of both hp and torques. All the engines get a six-speed automatic, and the turbo is all-wheel drive only. It’s not quite a hot-hatch, but with 250 hp and AWD in this small platform, it’s not exactly a mild offering either.
Mazda is only offering the turbo engine, which is the same one found in its full-size CX-9 crossover as well as the CX-5 and Mazda3, on the top-spec GT trim. That means it comes at an extra cost over that model’s $33,850 price tag. Add $2,400 for the turbo engine and you’re at $36,250 for the Mazda CX-30 GT Turbo.
As the top-spec model, it will come with 18-inch wheels and Bose audio. It’s also packed with all of Mazda’s driver assistance features including radar cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and smart brake support for reversing and rear cross-traffic. The new model will start hitting dealers across Canada next month.