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Mazda3 compact car spawns 2020 CX-30 CUV

  • Magazine Article
  • 20AUTP04_14
Published April 01, 2020 by SAE International in United States
  • English

Mazda's new-for-2020 CX-30, a two-row, 5-door crossover utility, is based on the Mazda3 sedan/hatchback platform and shares its 2.5-L naturally aspirated “Skyactiv-G” gasoline four-cylinder and 6-speed planetary automatic gearbox. A 1.8-L diesel and the much-anticipated, though still not EPA-compliant 2.0-L “Skyactiv-X” gasoline-compression-ignition engine are available for the CX-30 in Europe.

For the U.S., Mazda claims the 2.5-L's 186 hp (139 kW) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) make it the segment's strongest standard engine. Intelligent “i-ACTIV” AWD is available; Mazda's more muscular turbocharged four rated at 227 hp (169 kW) on 87-RON gasoline is a likely early upgrade. The i-ACTIV AWD system uses 27 different sensors to monitor - 200 times per second - wheel speed, engine dynamics, g-forces, vehicle yaw, driver inputs to the braking and steering, outside temperature and even windshield wiper activity to deliver drive torque to the wheels in any situation.