Citing an early order guide, CarsDirect reports a 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo is set to follow the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo, packing the same turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder found in that car, the CX-9 and CX-5 crossovers, and the Mazda 6 midsize sedan. The 2.5-liter turbo makes 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque on 93-octane fuel (or 227 hp and 310 lb-ft on regular) in the 2021 Mazda 3, and we expect similar numbers from the CX-30 Turbo. That amount of power would represent a significant bump over the regular CX-30, which makes 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft from a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four.
A Mazda spokesman declined to comment on the report, which also says production of the CX-30 Turbo begins in November. Mazda began building the standard 2021 CX-30 in July, and that car goes on sale in September. The turbo model could arrive late in the year or perhaps in early 2021. But when it does, expect a price premium over the standard CX-30. CarsDirect says the CX-30 Turbo, which will only be available with all-wheel drive, will start at $31,000, or $6,600 more than a base AWD CX-30 equipped with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter. But, judging by its standard feature content, the outlet believes the CX-30 Turbo will be more comparable to the all-wheel-drive CX-30 Select trim, making it only $4,600 more expensive.
In addition to the base trim, the CX-30 Turbo will reportedly be offered in Premium ($33,400) and Premium Plus ($35,000) guise. At the top of its pricing spectrum, the CX-30 Turbo comes dangerously close to the larger CX-5, which offers a turbo engine starting at $36,235. Still, some shoppers might prefer the more city-friendly size and sleeker looks of the CX-30. Plus, it’ll probably have a better power-to-weight ratio, so it may be quicker.