Mazda has confirmed plans to offer a 227 horsepower turbo engine in the 2021 Mazda CX-30. The plan makes an effort as squashing the narrative that Mazda’s products have become too mainstream in recent years when it comes to power output. It also puts the CX-30 in a segment of one when it comes to crossovers.
Later this year the 2021 CX-30 2.5 Turbo will launch with a healthy 310 pound-feet of torque and standard all-wheel drive. Add in 93 octane fuel and this engine can increase its output to 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Such high output from a mainstream crossover is effectively unheard of; in fact this kind of power puts the CX-30 above the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA250.
It’s an interesting strategy on Mazda’s part. It demonstrates the brand’s desire to continue moving upmarket with its portfolio, but at the same time it’s almost harkening back to a decade ago with Mazda products tended to be at the top of their respective segments in output.
Mazda hasn’t said how much the CX-30 2.5 Turbo will set buyers back. A Mazda3 hatchback with the same engine runs about $32,000 so one can assume a number just a bit above that as the floor for the starting price when it hits dealerships later this year.