2020 Mazda CX-30: New Skyactiv-X and Manual Transmission Give us Hope for Something Great

One thing's for sure—it's a looker.

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Year, Make, Model: 2020 Mazda CX-30

Top Line: At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Mazda took the wraps off of an all-new compact crossover called the CX-30. And no, it isn't 10 CX-3s daisy-chained together.

What's New: Based on the new Mazda3, the CX-30 is the second Mazda offering to be made under the company's "refined quality" ethos. Therefore, it features an extremely similar interior and will get the same powertrain options. Specifically, a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G motor to start followed by a Skyactiv-X unit in the future using the firm's revolutionary Spark Controlled Compression Ignition tech

Like the redesigned 3, the CX-30 will be available with all-wheel drive (front-drive is standard) and G-Vectoring Control Plus, a system that uses brakes to sort out the car in emergency or more sporting driving situations. A six-speed manual transmission will also be on the options sheet.

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Styling-wise, the new crossover carries on Mazda's now-fancier-looking Kodo design language with a typical Mazda front end and a rear end that somewhat resembles the Jaguar I-Pace. In other words, this ain't a bad looking car at all.

Quotable: In a release worthy of the great Marie Kondo, CX-30 program manager Naohito Saga writes, "Mazda wants drivers—and their passengers—to truly enjoy the many ways in which owning a car can enrich your lifestyle. We designed the Mazda CX-30 to help customers make stimulating new discoveries within their daily routine and share them with the people they love."

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"The design had to embody the joy of owning something that matches your sensibilities." Saga-san adds. "The cabin had to be spacious enough to share good times with family and friends. And finally, vehicle performance had to be excellent, offering comfort and peace of mind so drivers and passengers can relax and enjoy the ride."

With its supposedly game-changing Skyactiv-X ignition system, the CX-30 might just bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "spark joy."

What You Need to Know: Dimensionally, the CX-30 slots in between the CX-3 and CX-5. Its wheelbase is 88 millimeters longer than the CX-3's and it sports 15 mm more ground clearance than the CX-3, but overall height is identical. 

An 8.8-inch display graces the dash while Mazda's i-Activsense safety tech including a Driver Monitoring system keeps its driver awake and the car out of the body shop. 

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 will hit showrooms early next year.