Mazda has announced pricing for the hotly-anticipated CX-30 SUV, kicking off at $29,990 before on-road costs – or around $4000 more than the equivalent 3 hatchback.
NOTE: This story was first published in November 2019. The CX-30 is now on sale in Australia, and our Australian launch review is now live. Read it here.
It's 120mm longer and 30mm wider than the Mazda 2-based CX-3 SUV, and has an 85mm longer wheelbase – but both cars have the same roof height.
It's a very close dimensional match for the Kia Seltos, and Mazda says it fills a gap for people who want something larger than a CX-3, but don't want to stretch to the CX-5. Just don't call it a CX-4.
Two engines will be offered: a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine in the G20, and a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine in the G25.
The former outputs 114kW and 200Nm, and is only offered with front-wheel drive, while the latter is available with front- or all-wheel drive and makes 139kW and 252Nm.
Australia's CX-30 range will be built, mostly, in Thailand. Models equipped with the incoming SkyActiv-X engine – which will begin to appear from the third or fourth quarter in Mazda3 form first, and then CX-30 – will be sourced from Japan.
The range kicks off with the G20 Pure, priced from $29,990 before on-road costs. It rides on 16-inch alloy wheels, and the interior is home to the same 8.8-inch infotainment system and 7.0-inch digital instrument binnacle as the Mazda 3.
Push-button start, auto-folding mirrors, parking sensors, and satellite navigation are all standard.
Although rear cross-traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, and traffic sign recognition are all standard, a Vision Technology package ($1500, $1300 on Touring) adds a surround-view camera, driver monitoring, front cross-traffic alert, and front parking sensors.
It's optional on all models except the range-topping Astina, where the technology is standard. Mazda expects strong take-up – around 30 per cent of 3 buyers have ticked the box, three times the initial expectation.
The G20 Evolve is priced from $31,490 before on-road costs, and gains 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, an auto-dimming rear mirror, a leather-wrapped gear knob and steering wheel, paddle shifters, and overhead sunglass storage.
Moving up to the G20 Touring bumps the price to $34,990 before on-roads, while the more powerful G25 Touring costs $36,490 as a two-wheel drive vehicle or $38,490 with all-wheel drive.
It gains keyless entry, dimming exterior mirrors with position memory, front parking sensors, black leather seats, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar for the driver, front parking sensors, and illuminated vanity mirrors.
Finally, the range-topping Astina is offered with the G20 engine ($38,990 before on-roads) and the G25 engine ($41,490 for front-wheel drive, $43,490 for all-wheel drive).
Compared to the Touring, it gets the Vision Technology package, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, adaptive LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and the choice of black or white leather for the seats. The G25 also gets a powered sunroof as standard.
Mazda expects the low-end G20 Pure to be the best-seller in year one on sale, and thinks 92 per cent of buyers will opt for front-wheel drive.
The new CX-30 will arrive in showrooms during February. Stay tuned for our first Australian drive early next year.
2020 Mazda CX-30 pricing
- G20 Pure - $29,990
- G20 Evolve - $31,490
- Vision Technology package for above models - $1500
- G20 Touring - $34,990
- G25 Touring - $36,490
- G25 Touring AWD - $38,490
- Vision Technology package for Touring models - $1300
- G20 Astina - $38,990
- G25 Astina - $41,490
- G25 Astina AWD - $43,490
All prices exclude on-road costs.