Mazda confirmed that a turbocharged engine is heading to the CX-30 for the 2021 model year. It is the same turbo 2.5-liter inline-four powering models such as the 3, 6, CX-5, and CX-9.
The engine delivers up to 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, which is significantly more than the output of its rival, the Kia Soul, which has 201 horsepower from its turbo-four.
Aside from the engine update, Mazda also shared other details about the CX-30, which is due to arrive at the end of the year.
Among the features being offered as standard equipment are an all-wheel-drive configuration and six-speed automatic transmission, as well as black 18-inch wheels, black side mirrors, larger exhaust tips, and a Turbo badge on the rear end of the vehicle.
This setup is going to be heaps different from the regular non-turbo CX-30 that comes with a 186-hp naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four engine. An AWD non-turbo also goes from zero to 60 mph within 8.1 seconds, which is something interested buyers will have to look into when the turbo variant arrives.
Official pricing for the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo has yet to be released, but it’s likely going to fall within the same range as the Mazda 3 Turbo, with the new engine option only going to be offered on the higher trim levels.
If this turns out to be correct, customers are looking at a starting price of just above $30,000, especially with the current Premium trim retailing for $29,650. The turbo subcompacts are expected to arrive at US dealerships before 2020 ends.