Twenty-two or so video participants checked in revealing their ‘isolation looks’ (think long hair, beards, or in some instances, both).
The team at Mazda did a great job of unveiling the car, using slides, video, and other content to make it seem as normal as possible (minus a test drive and lunch, of course)!
Supplying yet another SUV to the fleet, the CX-30 is nestled midway between the current CX-3 and CX-5 models and comes in either a FWD 2.0ltr or AWD 2.5ltr spec. Two key design elements comprise of both the sleek, flowing beauty of a coupé and the bold ruggedness of an SUV.
Mazda were proud to reveal that this vehicle has a people-centred design approach and a natural driving feel - like walking in your own two feet. Experiencing the CX-30 is a demonstration of two key Japanese phrases that Mazda embed in the creation of their vehicles. Jinba Ittai (oneness between horse and rider) for Mazda means ‘car and driver as one’, and the KODO SOUL of MOTION design language. A perfect demonstration of this is the pulsing of the LED turn signals that resemble a heartbeat.
The interior design and layout makes it easier to converse because of precise NVH reduction measures. The CX-30 has generous space between the front and rear seats, spacious rear seating and headroom, and it’s easy to get in and out of (180mm ground clearance). The boot has 430L of luggage capacity and also has a low load lip to reduce the effort of loading larger objects (731mm).
The infotainment system speaker installation has broken the mould from what is considered the norm. Mazda has placed the front woofers in the cowling at the base of the front “A” pillars when traditionally they are fitted into the front doors, with the Bose system upgrade on the Limited models adding a further four speakers, giving a total of 10. The Active Driving Display, meters and centre display have all been designed to present information in a clear, simple fashion. The CX-30 adopts an 8.8-inch widescreen centre display, which offers simple, straightforward operation via the intuitive Commander control.
Safety is also top of the class in this car - it was recently awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, including an unprecedented 99% score for adult occupant protection. A long list of high-tech safety technology is standard across the range, including Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-keep Assist System, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, reversing camera, Traffic Sign Recognition and Smart Brake Support.
Along with an all-new vehicle is a completely new concept of tyre that the CX-30 sits on. This features reduced sidewalls and a more rigid tread, which ultimately improves transmission of road input, as well as a more controlled compression of suspension, and a reduction in the shock to the vehicle body.
Models and pricing:
- CX-30 FWD 2.0L GSX 6AT $41,490
- CX-30 AWD 2.5L GTX 6AT $44,990
- CX-30 AWD 2.5L Limited 6AT $50,990
The Mazda CX-30 is available to buy from Tuesday 28 April 2020