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New Mazda CX30 unveiled

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Mazda has unveiled its CX-30 new model slotting it in between the CX-3 and CX-5 for a mid-size SUV model, and its coming to Mzansi early 2020.

The CX-30 is a new compact crossover that retains Mazda‘s Kodo design language in a more understated design when compared to the rest of the CX line up. The front retains the large grille with chrome surrounds as seen on the CX-5 with slim LED headlights. Fog lamps in LED finish are placed at the lower part of the bumper. The lower part of the bumper features SUV theme black cladding. Turn signals now feature LED with dynamic signalling that starts at full power and then gradually ramps down.

The side retains the black cladding around the wheel-arches a design first seen on the CX-3. The bold wedge line running from the front fender to the rear is a design hint to the Kodo design language. Wheel design is similar to those seen on the CX-5 and CX-3 and will likely range from 17-inch to 19-inch in size.

The rear retains the LED taillight treatment as seen on CX-5 models with a similar design. The lower parts of the bumper also feature black cladding with two exhausts placed at either side of the faux diffuser.

The cabin design and layout is not too far of that seen on the bigger CX-5 with the infotainment screen neatly placed on the top of the dashboard. CX-30 adopts an 8.8-inch wide-screen centre display. Offering a simplified operation that requires only the use of the commander control, it also features a new intuitive guidance system that makes the commander control easier to operate. The 12-speaker Bose® system includes an 8cm centre speaker, a pair of rear satellite speakers and a subwoofer. The increased height over a passenger car provides excellent visibility and makes getting in and out a breeze while the body size makes it easy to maneuver on any road and in any parking lot. Interior space should be suited for 4 to 5 adults.

Powering the CX-30 range will be Skyactiv engines including the recently unveiled SkyAcitv X engine. Engine size will be 2.0-litre across the petrol range with a sole 1.8-Turbo Diesel also offered. The Skyactiv-G 2.0 and Skyactiv-X engines are equipped with Mazda’s M Hybrid system for both greater gains in fuel economy. Front wheel drive models will feature G-Vectoring Control (GVC) with Mazdas i-Activ AWD also offered for those seeking an all-wheel-drive arrangement.

The CX-30 was launched at this week’s Geneva International Motor Show and is set for Mzansi launch early in 2020.

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