Mazda Philippines isn’t done yet with its offensive this year. After bringing in the all-new Mazda3 and its Sportback counterpart, the Japanese automaker wants to solidify premium stand further with the introduction of two all-new models into the Philippine market – the Mazda CX-30 compact crossover and CX-8 three-row midsize crossover.
With this, there will be more choices for Filipino car buyers, especially those with good taste. Let’s take a closer look at both models as they are launched inside Mazda’s Center of Excellence in Cabuyao, Laguna.
2020 Mazda CX-30
A jacked-up Mazda3 Sportback – those are the best words to describe the all-new CX-30. After its global debut this year, Mazda PH didn’t waste time and brought in the compact crossover into the local Mazda lineup. Yes, it’s a compact crossover, but it sits below the CX-5 in terms of overall size.
The 2020 CX-30 takes cues from the Mazda3 styling. With character lines replaced with defined curves, the CX-30 carries the latest evolution of the Kodo design language, including the Polymetal Gray color option. The CX-30 differs with its raised ground clearance and thick under-claddings that are prominent on the fenders.
The newest Mazda compact crossover comes with four variants – all of which have LED headlamps. The higher Sport and Signature trims get 18-inch alloy wheels instead of 16-inchers, as well as an adaptive lighting system that can also be found on the ‘3.'
Inside, the CX-30 also inherits the Mazda3’s plush cabin, employed through high-quality materials and minimalism. The top variants differ only with the color of leather used, with the Signature trim getting white leather instead of black but for an additional P15,000. They also get an armament of tech features. This includes a 12-speaker Bose sound system, adaptive cruise control, front & rear parking sensors, a 360-degree-view camera, and an 8.8-inch non-touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the hood, the Mazda CX-30 is powered by the 2.0L SkyActiv-G gasoline power plant that’s good for 153 hp and 200 Nm torque. It’s connected to a 6-speed SkyActive-Drive automatic transmission that sends power to either all four wheels for the I-Activ all-wheel-drive (AWD) variant or to the front wheels for the other trim levels.
Just like the Mazda3, the CX-30 is also equipped with Mazda’s I-Activ Sense suite of safety features, exclusively available on the AWD variants. Apart from the adaptive radar cruise control, it also has Smart Brake Support, front cross-traffic alert, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and blind-spot monitors.
The other new crossover to enter Mazda’s lineup is the CX-8 – a midsize crossover that sits below the CX-9 in the range. As such, the CX-8 inherits most of the CX-9’s design, including the horizontal-slat grille and imposing stance that we all happen to love. The difference between the two, aside from the price tag, is the overall body size as the CX-9 is longer, wider, and taller – even with the 2,930mm wheelbase that the two midsize crossovers share. Of note, the CX-8 comes with a gorgeous set of 19-inch alloy wheels and an adaptive LED headlamps.
Moreover, the CX-8 is equipped with the non-turbocharged version of the CX-9’s 2.5L SkyActiv-G gasoline power plant. With that, the CX-8 makes 187 hp and 252 Nm of twists, mated to a 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. Just like the CX-30, the CX-8 is available in AWD and front-wheel-drive trim levels.
Inside, the CX-8 gets Nappa leather upholstery in Deep Red hue. The amenities between the two variants are the same, with the exception of the seat layout. The AWD Exclusive has a 6-seater seating configuration – the second row has two individual seats that are separated by a center console with cupholders and USB charging ports.
Tech and convenience features found on the CX-8 include all-electronic adjustments, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, adaptive cruise control, front & rear parking sensors, a 360-degree-view camera, and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also comes with the I-Activ Sense sans front cross-traffic alert. The lower Signature trim also gets a standard cruise control instead of the radar type.