Mazda CX-30 and Mazda3 both get a New powertrain

Mazda’s CX-30 is currently third in the small SUV category but sales have increased significantly this year. The Mazda 3 is fourth in its small passenger segment behind the Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato

Mazda CX-30 and Mazda 3 collage

Both models are getting updated power train options, first used in Mazda’s Quirky MX-30

The system combines their Skyactiv G engine technology with the M Hybrid system which is only mild hybrid but nonetheless they say it improves fuel efficiency, provides a smoother transition from idling stops and a more refined driving feel.

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The number of improvements depends very much on the model.

The base G20 Pure’s only improvements are a leather steering wheel and gear shifter

The next model up does see more additional features such as hybrid power and electric seats.

We only wish that Mazda would name their vehicle variants and their technology in simpler terms preferably with words from a dictionary.

Product updates by grade 

G20 Pure:

  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob

G20e Evolve M Hybrid:

  • G20e Evolve M Hybrid powertrain – as offered on Mazda MX-30
  • Standard Vision Technology
  • Advanced keyless entry
  • Exterior mirror with auto-dimming function (driver side)
  • Exterior mirrors with reverse tilt-down function
  • Exterior mirrors with position memory
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • 2-position driver’s seat memory

G25 Evolve SP

  • G25 Evolve SP replaces G25 Evolve
  • Black 18-in alloys
  • Black exterior mirrors
  • Black grille
  • Black cloth seats with red accents

X20 Astina:

  • e-Skyactiv X badge on the rear and a Sky-X badge on each front fender
  • Engine sound and ride comfort improvement
  • Manual transmission option no longer available

Colour and trim availability:

  • Platinum Quartz Metallic is now available
  • Polymetal Grey is now also available on sedan
  • Titanium Flash has been discontinued
  • Pure White Leather is no longer available on X20 Astina sedan
  • There are now no exterior colour restrictions for Burgundy or Pure White leather options on Astina models

Other changes:

  • Vision Technology models will no longer be available with manual transmission

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