Turbocharged SUV breaks cover thanks to Mazda’s Mexican arm with 186kW turbo-four, but likely not bound for Australia
Following the release of a teaser earlier this month, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo has been officially unveiled by Mazda’s Mexican division, adding some much-needed turbocharged spice to the brand’s premium compact SUV.
Under the bonnet is the same 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as the related Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo hatch and sedan, developing 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque on regular 91RON unleaded, or – Mazda says – 186kW and 433Nm when fueled with 98RON premium petrol.
Like its low-riding siblings, the CX-30 Turbo sends drive to the road through a six-speed automatic transmission and Mazda’s ‘i-Activ’ front-biased all-wheel-drive system. No manual transmission will be offered (at launch, at least).
No 0-100km/h acceleration figure has been quoted, though a time in the low-seven second bracket is likely.
Mazda Mexico’s website doesn’t detail whether any specific upgrades have been made to the CX-30’s chassis to accommodate the additional turbocharged grunt, though it does confirm the Turbo rides on 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels shod in 215/55 profile tyres, and that it retains the naturally-aspirated model’s MacPherson strut front and torsion-beam rear suspension layout.
The CX-30 Turbo tips the scales in at 1583kg (dry) – 108kg more than the non-turbocharged, 2.5-litre, all-wheel-drive CX-30 currently offered in Australia.
Differentiating the turbocharged model from its atmospheric siblings is an array of minor tweaks, including a gloss black finish for the alloy wheels, black rear roof spoiler, black mirror caps and larger exhaust tips. The ‘Aero Kit’ – consisting of a larger rear spoiler, an extended front splitter and more – offered with the US-market turbocharged Mazda 3 hatch and sedan doesn’t appear to be available on the SUV.
In Mexico, the 2.5-litre turbo engine will be offered solely with the highly-specified, CX-30 ‘s Grand Touring’ trim level. Standard kit is similar to that of higher-spec, Australian-delivered CX-30 variants, with equipment highlights including leather trim, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, paddle shifters and a sunroof.
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo will become available for ‘presale’ in Mexico on September 24, with keen buyers able to place a reservation on that date. Pricing in Mexico will kick off from 546,900 pesos (AUD$35,700).
It’s unclear whether the CX-30 Turbo will ever make its way Down Under, but given Mexican-market CX-30s originate from the company’s local plant in Salamanca, Mexico – and Australian-delivered examples are built in Japan – it’s unlikely the model will ever reach local shores. However, if it were to become available for our market, the CX-30 Turbo would likely be high up on Mazda Australia’s wish list.