At least that’s what I’m assuming. Its listed under future vehicles when you go onto Mazda’s site. It also has its own page you can sign up for more info on:

This is confusing for a myriad number of reasons, mainly, and this goes back to my talking point of the stupidity of crossovers. And here I thought it would be a replacement for the CX-3. But that’s not the case . Motor Trend and Jalopnik reports that the CX-30 will slot between the CX-3 and CX-5. Motor Trend did a side by side comparison between the CX-3 and CX-30 after Mazda released preliminary Euro specs for the CX-30: Mazda has released preliminary European specifications for the CX-30, which, if they ring true for the U.S. market, would put the model at 4.7 inches longer than the CX-3 and 1.2 inches wider. They would share the same height, while the wheelbase on the CX-30 would be 3.3 inches longer. Ground clearance increases 0.6 inch on the CX-30.

2019 Mazda CX-3
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Lets break this down to see how this is going to fit. A CX-3 has a wheelbase of 101.2 inches with an overall length of 168.3 inches, width of 69.6, height of 60.7 and ground clearance of 6.1 inches. With the specs released for the CX-30, that would peg the CX-30 at 173 inches long, 70.8 inches wide, with a 104.5 inch wheelbase and a measly 6.7 inches of ground clearance over the CX-3.


2019 Mazda CX-5
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When you compare the CX-30 against the CX-5 above it dimensions wise, it gets grayer. The CX-30, and again, that’s if these specs stick, will be just 6.1 inches shorter than the CX-5 while riding on a wheelbase just 1.7 inches shorter and having 0.8 inches of ground clearance difference.

These specs just beg the question as to why the CX-30 would even come here and why for the most part most crossovers don’t make sense. Mazda, like other automakers, seem to just be filling spots in their lineup with no thought whatsoever. There isn’t much of a difference size wise to choose it it over the CX-3 or CX-5. And when pricing is released its probably going to overlap both and end up being within a few hundred bucks in the upper trims of a bigger CX-5. At this point it would make more sense to either have it be a redesigned CX-3, which honestly could work as the CX-3 is pointlessly small, or not come to the states at all. And depending on how well it sells, it could spell doom for the the recently redesigned, and still unreleased as of this writing 3.