Mazda today announced the CX-30 compact crossover is the latest model to benefit from the brand’s 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The CX-30 arrived in 2019 as a 2020 model based on the platform that underpins the Mazda3 and the forthcoming MX-30. It fills a narrow niche between the brand’s CX-3 and CX-5 models.
When it becomes available for ordering early next year as a late addition to the CX-30’s 2021 lineup, the Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo motor will generate the same 250 hp and 320 lb-ft torque ratings that it lends to the other Mazda vehicles it powers – which is nearly all of them, at least as an option. The little CX-3 crossover and MX-5 sports car are now the only Mazdas not available with the turbo engine.
Mazda hasn’t revealed which CX-30 trim levels it will offer with the turbo mill, but if the company follows the same formula as the larger CX-5, it will be an option in the GT trim. Currently, the CX-30 is standard with a 2.0L four-cylinder (155 hp/150 lb-ft) in GX trim, and GS and GT upgrade to a non-turbo 2.5L with 186 hp/186 lb-ft.
What Mazda has revealed is that the CX-30 Turbo will be standard with reverse collision detection with automatic braking, a head-up driver display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptive headlights – all features that suggest the new-to-CX-30 engine will be limited to the GT grade, which already includes Mazda’s full suite of driver assists.
The CX-30 Turbo will also come standard with AWD and a six-speed automatic transmission, as it does in other vehicles fitted with the turbo engine.