News of a turbocharged Mazda CX-30 isn't necessarily new. We learned the crossover was getting a literal power boost back in August, but it's now an official word coming straight from the horse's mouth. Say hello to the 250-horsepower Mazda CX-30 Turbo.

That is, it boasts such power provided you fill the fuel tank with the good stuff. Mazda explains the turbocharged 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine develops 250 hp and 320 pound-feet of torque when running 93 octane fuel. You can run lower grade gasoline just fine, but power dips to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of twist at 87 octane. Either way, it's a healthy (and welcome) bump from the 186 ponies you get in the standard CX-30. Paired with all-wheel-drive and a tuned suspension that welcomes spirited driving, the new CX-30 Turbo is poised to put the sport in sport-utility.

Gallery: 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo

On the utilitarian side of the equation, Mazda offers the 2021 CX-30 Turbo with new driver-assist and safety features. Smart City Brake Support Reverse with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking is a clumsy way to say the CX-30 has an auto-brake feature when backing up. If obstacles or crossing traffic is detected behind the SUV, brakes will automatically be applied at speeds between 2 and 4 mph. Going forward, the CX-30 Turbo features Traffic Jam Assist which offers automatic steering inputs at speeds up to 40 mph. A 360-degree monitor view is also available.

A sportier presence on the outside accompanies the added power. Standard-issue 18-inch black aluminum wheels are the primary upgrade, but if you look closely you'll also see gloss black door mirrors and larger exhaust pipes out the back. You'll also find a turbo badge on the rear gate, and while the interior doesn't differ from the current CX-30, it's still a lovely place to be.

Mazda doesn't offer pricing for the US-bound CX-30 at this time. However, our previous report indicated it should start around $30,000, not including a $1,100 destination charge.

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2021 MAZDA CX-30 2.5 TURBO:




Engaging Turbo Engine Available for Subcompact Crossover


·         Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine will deliver 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium 93 octane fuel

·         CX-30 2.5 Turbo is equipped with i-Activ all-wheel drive as standard

·         New advanced technologies complement modern design for an all-around sophisticated driving experience


IRVINE, Calif. (September 17, 2020) – The Mazda CX-30’s compact profile help it gracefully navigate through tight turns, while its bold proportions provide ample space to travel with all the essentials. The subcompact crossover is an ideal companion for chasing what’s next. Beyond its impressive styling, CX-30 delivers an engaging driving experience that is now being amplified with more power. Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announces the addition of the turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine to the 2021 CX-30.


The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo will help uplift itself in its class with elevated performance and capability, new advanced technologies and superb craftsmanship and design. The Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine will deliver an impressive 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium (93 octane) fuel or 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with regular (87 octane) fuel. The combination of the turbo engine and standard i-Activ all-wheel drive system with off-road traction assist help expand the capabilities of the CX-30 to offer fans the freedom to explore life in style, from the city to the outdoors.


Advanced technologies available on the 2021 CX-30 2.5 Turbo will complement the modern, sophisticated design while also providing occupants with peace of mind. New i-Activsense safety features include Smart City Brake Support Reverse with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, which can help a driver by automatically applying the brakes when the vehicle is reversing at speeds between 2 to 4 mph if an obstacle or when backing out of a parking space a crossing vehicle is detected. A new support feature, Traffic Jam Assist, enhances Mazda Radar Cruise Control in certain situations by providing steering inputs that can help assist the driver stay within lane markers at speeds under 40 mph. The 360° View Monitor with high-definition digital clarity is also available. These new features accompany other premium technologies that help the CX-30 2.5 Turbo stand out from its segment, such as Active Driving Display, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Front-lighting System.


With more power and agile performance, the turbo engine is fulfilling the sense of passion invoked by the sleek and bold styling of the CX-30. Through Mazda’s Kodo design, the CX-30 2.5 Turbo’s silhouette reflects the driving pleasure of the engine while continuing to accentuate the engaging experience of a Mazda. The level of craftsmanship of the interior is elegant with its seamless blending of materials, such as a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. Every aspect of the interior is purposely laid out to be intuitive for the driver and its occupants. From the steering wheel controls, the location of the Bose® 12-speaker audio, the proportions of the 8.8-inch large center display and support to help achieve the ideal seating position, Mazda focuses on human-centric philosophies to help offer a natural feeling while driving. The subtle enhancements to the exterior of the CX-30 Turbo highlight the new performance and capabilities with 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a “TURBO” badge on the liftgate.

The 2021 CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months.

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