More SUV from Mazda

10 September 2019

MAZDA has opened the order book for its new small SUV model, which will cost up to £33,500 when it arrives here early next year.

The newcomer will bridge the gap between the current CX-3 and CX-5 ranges and will be known as the CX-30.

The entry-level version is the SkyActive-G model costing from £22,895, with the most expensive flagship version being the range-topping SkyActiv-X.

Looking a bit like a Mazda3 hatchback on steroids, the newcomer will be offered with a choice of five trim and equipment levels, with even the most basic SE-L boasting 16-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and heated door mirrors.

There is also air conditioning, electronic park brake, a seven-inch display ahead of the driver and an eight-inch central infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay.

Mid-range models are the SE-L Lux, which gain a reversing camera heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and an automatic tailgate plus keyless entry.

Higher up the range the standard kit includes larger-diameter wheels, chrome trim, darkened rear windows and a sunroof on some versions.

The GT Sport models get leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and an electric memory function to combine preferred settings for the driver’s seat, door mirrors and head-up display.

At the top of the pile is the GT Sport Tech with an around-vehicle camera system plus automatic operation of the accelerator, brakes and steering in traffic at crawl speeds.

Stealing a march over rival Nissan’s new Juke, the Mazda offers a choice of mild-hybrid power systems in addition to petrol engines.

There is a two-litre four cylinder petrol engine generating 120bhp of power and 215Nm of pulling power.

This unit is mated to six-speed manual or automatic transmission systems, with the option of any of the trim and equipment packages.

Performance figures are likely to be ten and a half seconds to reach 60mph, a top speed of 115mph, CO2 rating of 116g/km and average economy of 45mpg thanks to cylinder deactivation.

This a clever system that shuts down half of the engine when it is not needed, such as cruising on level ground at steady speeds.

For higher mileage drivers in search of slightly better performance there is the hybrid model that comes with a £1,500 price premium.

The two-litre engine is supercharged and mated to an electric motor to achieve a combined power output of 178bhp with 224Nm of torque, or pulling power.

This engine combination also comes with the manual and automatic transmission choices, plus the further option of all-wheel drive for better grip.

Performance is reckoned to be somewhat brisk, with a 0-60mph acceleration time of just eight and a half seconds, a top speed nudging 130mph, a CO2 rating of 105g/km and claimed economy of 48mpg.

In terms of size the new Mazda is 4,395mm long and 1795mm wide, with a boot capacity of 430 litres.

First deliveries are due in January 2020.