Remember Spud Webb? The five-foot seven-inch NBA basketball player that won the dunk contest in 1986 and surprised and impressed more than a few folks with his athleticism, despite his size? Well, Mazda does and feels that imitation is the highest form of flattery. Now we have this, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo.
The 2.5 Turbo part of the name references the new engine under hood. It’s the same turbocharged, 2.5-liter inline-four found in the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo, putting out the same 227 horsepower when running on regular fuel and 250 horsepower on 93-octane premium. Torque follows a similar path: 310 lb-ft on regular fuel, 320 on premium.
Mazda didn’t specify the transmission, but we assume the CX-30 uses the same six-speed automatic as the 3 2.5 Turbo before heading to all four wheels, using what Mazda calls the i-Active all-wheel-drive.
Aside from the motor, Mazda added more safety systems to the CX-30 2.5 Turbo, including an automatic emergency braking in reverse (going between 2-4 mph) if cross traffic is detected and adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist.
With the new muscle, Mazda played with the styling. It comes with 18-inch black aluminum wheels, larger tailpipes, and gloss black mirrors. There’s also a “TURBO” badge on the liftgate now to advertise your new found accelerative prowess. This is the top level CX-30, so it has a 12-speaker Bose sound system and an 8.8-inch information display at the center console.
Expect to see the CX-30 2.5 Turbo late this year. As the date approaches, Mazda promises to share more about pricing and other details. On a recent CX-30 drive, I didn’t find it lacked power. but I’d also certainly always welcome more. As long as the CX-30 retains its engaging driving behavior, of course.
But let’s not worry about that now and just celebrate more power!
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