2020 Mazda CX-30 Likely To Offer Only 2.5L Engine In North America

While in Europe the Mazda CX-30 will offer three powertrain choices, including the revolutionary SkyActiv-X 2.0, North American customers will have to settle for only one engine – at least at launch.

Mazda announced that the CX-30 will launch in Mexico in November with the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine rated at 187 HP (189 PS) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque.

Since the 2020 Mazda CX-30 will be exported to the United States and Canada from the Salamanca plant in Mexico, it’s highly likely that the 2.5-liter engine will be offered in these markets as well. Also supporting this theory is the fact that the 2020 Mazda3 sedan, which is built at the same plant in the Latin American country, only offers a 2.5-liter engine in North America.

Also read: Mazda CX-30 vs. CX-3 vs. CX-5: Which One Is Your Favorite?

In Mexico, the CX-30 will offer two trim levels at launch, the i Sport 2WD and i Grand Touring 2WD. Interestingly, there will be no available AWD model when the all-new 2020 Mazda CX-30 arrives in Mexican dealerships next month.

This is typical of the Mexican market, where the CX-3 and CX-5 are also offered exclusively with front-wheel-drive; only the CX-9 offers an AWD option there. However, in the U.S. and Canada the CX-30 is expected to offer all-wheel drive from launch.

The base Mazda CX-30 offers a generous standard equipment in Mexico, including seven airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, tire pressure monitoring, and dynamic stability control.

Also standard are 18-inch alloys, a sunroof, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity. Prices start from 424,900 pesos (approximately $21,750), according to Autonews Mexico.

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  • charlotteharry57

    Well, if they’d put in the 2.5L Turbo, it’d be stepping all over the CX-5’s toes.

    I’m beginning to wonder about the long-term viability of Mazda. My local dealers have like 2 of each model in stock and they want sticker for each.

    • WalthamDan

      I’m seeing $1,000 – $2,500 discounts back here

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      I’ve got three Mazda dealers within 10 miles of my house, all with a decent inventory to choose from.

      Maybe it’s a geographic thing?

    • redav

      Dealerships not offering discounts makes the company’s viability questionable? That’s backward. A company that can command full retail is stronger than one that has to bribe you to buy their stuff.

  • Giziclown

    No sales, no Skyaktiv-X.
    In Europe Mazda outsales Honda.
    Are people stupid there or…
    obviously there are always exceptions.

    • Adam

      Honda is really only the strong in the USA. Here in Australia Mazda is ranked Number 2 in sales behind Toyota and has been for years now. Holden used to be number 2 but they’re not even in the top 10 now.

  • Rocket

    I’ve had a few months to process the design, and despite my hopes for acceptance, or at least tolerance, I still find those massive flares to be utterly ghastly. They’re the equivalent of wearing hiking boots with a tuxedo. I expect better of you Mazda.

  • klowik

    the plastic cladding on the wheel arch should be thinner and adding some chrome silver bit across the bottom of the thick cladding should make it look better. so what did the Mazda designers think? I guess the chief designer should disapprove such a thick cladding!

  • ME

    Hopefully this is Fake News.
    Mazda does ship Mazda 3’s from both Mexico and Japan. I won’t buy from the former.

  • SteersUright

    Great looking inside an out, with an engine that makes this, like all Mazda’s, a no-go for me.

  • Six_Tymes

    the giant plastic on the wheel arches, are awful looking.

  • David A

    I prefer the “dated transmission”. CVTs are like driving a sewing machine. Mazda gives us a choice to counter the lemmings.

    • dumblikeyou2

      6-speeds is a “dated transmission”. It’s WAY dated.
      I didn’t say anything about CVTs at all.

      • DJA

        True, there are newer, more efficient transmissions that aren’t CVT. But Mazda is still an option for people who value the feel of driving over pure modern efficiency. They’re a relatively small outfit and will never go head to head with anyone in product offerings; they have to live in niche spaces. Mazda is not for everyone, they are focused largely on enthusiast owners. But, I think we are better off when we have choices, even if they might be less than the best overall.

  • redav

    I’d rather they release a 2.5L Sky-X instead.

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