UPDATE, September 8: A new post in the Instagram Stories page for Mazda of Mexico, the brand's regional president Miguel Barbeyto has confirmed a big Mazda CX-30 turbo reveal will occur on September 17 (likely September 18 in Australian time).
The same was posted to the company's Twitter profile. The short statement translates to:
"There is a strong rumor about CX-30 and its turbo version. I confirm that, indeed, Mazda CX-30 will arrive with a turbocharged AWD engine.
We will have all the details ready on September 17th through our official site mazda.mx."
Watch for more details to appear in the days ahead. CarAdvice has contacted Mazda Australia for word on the CX-30 turbo model's local potential.
Our original story remains unchanged below.
August 25: The 2021 Mazda CX-30 may be getting the Mazda 3 Turbo engine from November.
As the CX-30 is based on the same platform as the Mazda 3, it makes sense the more powerful engine would find its way into the small SUV.
The 2.5-litre turbo four-cylinder offers 170kW/420Nm on standard unleaded, with 186kW/434Nm available on high-octane petrol.
At this stage the Mazda 3 Turbo is expected to be offered with a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, which would likely be carried-over into the CX-30.
Like the Mazda 3 Turbo, the CX-30 Turbo looks set to pick up subtle visual cues, including black alloy wheels and mirror caps, turbo badging and larger diameter exhaust tips.
There's no word as to whether the Mazda CX-30 Turbo will be offered locally, but if the Mazda 3 Turbo makes it here – a model Mazda Australia has said it's "very interested" in – then the CX-30 is a good chance.
Complicating matters slightly: The CX-30 range sold in the US comes from Mexico, whereas Australian production is, for now, sourced from Thailand which could impact local availability.
Mazda Australia has been contacted and this story will be updated with their response.