A new Mazda SUV – the Mazda CX-3- arrives to sit between the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5 and looks like an SUV take on the Mazda3.
A month ago we reported that Mazda was planning to reveal a new SUV at the Geneva Motor Show and concluded, reasonably we thought, that as it would sit between the CX-3 and CX-5 it would be called the Mazda CX-4.
The only potential fly in the ointment was that Mazda already had a CX-4 in China, but plenty of car makers deliver different cars to different markets but with the same name.
But it seems the idea of two different cars with the CX-4 moniker was just too complicated for Mazda, so they’ve come up with a new moniker – the Mazda CX-30 – for their new SUV. Which is more confusing, and less descriptive, than the eschewed CX-4. Oh, well.
The new CX-30 looks like the love child of the CX-3 and Mazda3, with smooth body panels, lots of butch plastic cladding, family grille and a small greenhouse. It’s also halfway between the CX-3 and CX-5 in size – about Peugeot 3008 size.
Inside it’s Mazda familiar too with 8.8″ infotainment screen, room for four adults and a decent boot.
Engines will be the full range of Mazda’s SkyActiv petrol and diesels and the new M-Hybrid setup with a small electric motor and battery to give a helping hand, with G-vectoring and 4WD on expensive models.
The new Mazda CX-30 will go on sale in the UK later this year.