Mazda’s turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine continues to proliferate throughout its range.

    Update, 11:00am 08/09/2020: Mazda Mexico’s boss has confirmed on Instagram the CX-30 Turbo will be revealed on September 16, Australian time.

    “There is a strong rumour about CX-30 and its turbo version. I confirm that, indeed, Mazda CX-30 will arrive with a turbocharged AWD engine,” he said in post mirrored on Mazda Mexico social media.

    CarsDirect reports the small CX-30 SUV is the next to receive the boosted four, with production due to start in November.

    The introduction of the CX-30 Turbo follows that of the 3 Turbo, which is sadly left-hand drive only for now. The engine was also introduced to the 6 and CX-5 lines in 2018, and is the sole powertrain in the large CX-9.

    The 2.5-litre turbo four produces up to 186kW of power and 433Nm of torque depending on the quality of fuel used. It’s available exclusively with all-wheel drive and a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

    The turbo is set to be offered across a couple of different CX-30 trim levels in North America, and will be distinguished from its naturally-aspirated counterpart through the use of black 18-inch wheels and mirror caps, turbo badging, a larger exhaust, and a “harmonic enhancer” for a sportier sound within the cabin.

    While US pricing indicates a hefty premium over the naturally-aspirated engine, the turbo CX-30 is expected to cost the equivalent of just A$216 more than the cheapest turbocharged Mazda 3 sedan.

    Mazda CX-30 to gain 2.5-litre turbo - update

    Currently, the CX-30 range features two engines in Australia, both naturally-aspirated and mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.

    G20 models come with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque, while G25 models have a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 139kW and 252Nm. The latter offers all-wheel drive as an option.

    Next month will see the introduction of the range-topping Skyactiv-X M Hybrid powertrain to the CX-30 line.

    It consists of a 2.0-litre supercharged petrol engine backed by a 24V mild-hybrid system and running predominantly on compression ignition and produces 132kW of power and 224Nm of torque

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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