The CX-30 is already a hoot to drive, can more power improve on that?

If the latest report is to be believed, Mazda is cooking up a turbocharged version of the CX-30, which is expected to crank out 250 horsepower. The CX-30 is one of the most pleasing crossovers you can get as far as the driving experience is concerned, so the idea of extra grunt should, in theory, boost its desirability.

Power boost equals price boost, too

Would the Mazda CX-30 Be More Desirable With a 250-Horsepower Turbo Engine Under the Hood?
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According to Motor Trend (citing Cars Direct), the 2021 Mazda CX-30 will spawn a turbocharged version based on the 2.5-liter force-induced mill already found inside the Mazda6 sedan. In this application, the unit produces 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of twist when fed with 93-octane fuel or 227 horses when fed with regular 87-octane gasoline. The same mill is also set to make an appearance inside the 2021 Mazda3.

The same report claims production of the Mazda CX-30 Turbo is set to commence in November 2020, with deliveries kicking off later in the year or early 2021.

Would the Mazda CX-30 Be More Desirable With a 250-Horsepower Turbo Engine Under the Hood?
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What’s more, the turbocharged CX-30 will be only available with all-wheel-drive, so a bump in price is to be expected.

Cars Direct forecasts that the CX-30 Turbo could start at $31,000, or $6,600 more than the entry-level CX-30 fitted with the 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated mill. Reportedly, the two trim levels are to be offered – Premium and Premium Plus, priced at $33,400 and $35,500, respectively.

However, there’s a problem with this pricing scheme. As Motor Trend points out, the range-topping CX-30 Turbo will get very close to Mazda CX-5 territory, which offers a turbo mill from $35,135 (sans the $1,100 destination fee), as well as better practicality.

Would the Mazda CX-30 Be More Desirable With a 250-Horsepower Turbo Engine Under the Hood?
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Well, we guess in the end it’s all down to what the customer really needs. The added nimbleness and agility of a turbo’ed CX-30 or a large, still-fun-to-drive crossover such as the CX-5.

Source: Cars Direct

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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