The Mazda CX-30 has been priced for the Malaysian market. The Japanese firm’s SUV entry to slot between the CX-3 and the CX-5 will be offered at launch in three variants – a 2.0 litre petrol that will come in base 2.0 and 2.0 High trim levels, joined by a diesel in 1.8D High trim. Here, the base 2.0 and 2.0 High variants are listed at RM143,119 and RM164,119 respectively, with the 1.8D priced at RM173,027 – all prices are on-the-road without insurance for the fully imported CX-30.

The diesel engine here displaces 1,759 cc, and is a Skyactiv-D unit that produces 116 PS at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,700 rpm, while European specifications from July states fuel consumption as rated at 5.1 to 6.6 litres per 100 km.

For Malaysia, the CX-30 with the 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine produces 163 hp at 6,000 rpm and 213 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Both petrol and diesel versions of the CX-30 drive the front wheels only via a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, and all versions feature a 51 litre fuel tank.

Rolling stock for the base 2.0 petrol model are 16 x 6.5 J alloy wheels on 215/65R16 tyres, while the High spec petrol and diesel CX-30 are fitted with 18 x 7J alloy wheels on 215/tyres. At 4,395 mm long, 1,795 mm wide, 1,540 mm tall, with a 2,655 mm wheelbase, the Mazda CX-30’s physical size is right in between those of the CX-3 (4,275 mm long, 1,765 mm wide, 1,535 mm tall, 2,570 mm wheelbase) and the CX-5 (4,550 mm long, 1,840 mm wide, 1,675 mm tall, 2,700 mm wheelbase).

Pricing for the Mazda CX-30 for West Malaysia (left) and East Malaysia (right) – Click to enlarge

The CX-30 offers as much space between the front occupants as the CX-5, says Mazda, while ample head- and knee room come courtesy of a low rear seat hip point. Luggage compartment capacity is 430 litres with the all seats in position, and 1,432 litres with the rear seats folded.

Standard kit on the base 2.0 CX-30 include LED headlights, while the 2.0 High and the 1.8D gets LED headlights with the signature illumination. All variants get automatic headlamp operation and automatic levelling, while the 2.0 High and the 1.8D gains LED tail lamps with signature ilumination. Rain-sensing front wipers and rear wiper with washer are standard across the Malaysian CX-30 range.

The two higher trim levels get Mazda Advance Keyless Entry, powered tailgate and parking sensors at both ends, while power-adjustable and folding side mirrors with turn indicators, sunroof and rear spoiler are standard across all three.

Inside, the base CX-30 gets manual climate control while the 2.0 High and 1.8D get dual-zone auto climate control with rear seat vents and controls. All launch variants get a retractable cargo cover and LED interior lighting. Front seat adjustment is manual for the driver on the base model and 10-way power-adjustable with two memory banks for the 2.0 High and diesel variants; seat trim is fabric on the base car while the upper two variants get black leather upholstery.

Infotainment in the CX-30 across the range includes the Mazda Connect with voice control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, full-colour 8.8-inch display, multi-function Commander Control, 3.5 mm auxiliary audio input, Bluetooth, eight-speaker audio and reversing camera with width and length guide lines.

Similarly, safety kit is the same across the board here; all three variants get front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, ABS, DSC, EBD, BA, traction control, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, auto hold, auto door lock, and seat belt warning for all occupants. All seats get three-point belts, while the front seat belts are equipped with pretensioners and load limiters with anchorage height adjustment.

All variants also get ISOFIX child seat mounts and engine immobilisers, while the 2.0 High and 1.8D versions get the advanced safety kit comprising adaptive front lighting, high beam control, blind sport monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver attention alert, smart brake support (autonomous emergency braking) and radar-guided cruise control.

As mentioned, the CX-30 arrives in Malaysia in fully imported form from Japan, though Mazda distributor in Malaysia Bermaz plans to introduce a CKD version later on, which will come from the Kulim, Kedah facility, where the CX-5 Turbo and the CX-8 will also be made. Eight exterior colours are listed for the CX-30 – Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver, Polymetal Gray, Titanium Flash and Jet Black. The Mazda CX-30 is covered by a five-year/100,000 km manufacturer-backed warranty and a five-year free maintenance package.

What do you think, folks? Is the CX-30 next on your list? Which variant would you go for?

GALLERY: Mazda CX-30 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show