Mazda premieres new

compact SUV

Mazda CX-30 front threequarters
Mazda CX-30 head on
Mazda CX-30 overhead
Mazda CX-30 rear threequarters
Mazda CX-30 rear
Mazda CX-30 cockpit

MAZDA is moving into the hugely competitive compact crossover market with a classy-looking SUV which was given its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

Due to go on sale in the UK later this year, the new Mazda CX-30 was revealed in final production form at a show where most makers focused on future concepts.

It's the second model in Mazda's new-generation line-up and takes styling cues from the recently launched new Mazda3. It will sit between the CX-3 and CX-5 in Mazda's SUV line-up and will rival the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Ford Kuga.

The CX-30 will come with Mazda's latest Skyactiv-X compression-ignition petrol engines - which are claimed to be as economical as diesels - with an electric-motor powered mild hybrid system also on offer. The range is expected to include both front and all-wheel drive variants.

Mazda will release fuller details nearer to the car's launch in Europe and the UK but in the meantime assure potential buyers that its' development team set out "to create a car that would enrich customers by helping them and their loved ones make new and stimulating discoveries within their daily lives."

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