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A Closer Look: An In-Depth Guide To The First-Ever CX-30

2020 Mazda CX-30 crossover SUV

Based on Mazda’s new ‘Sleek & Bold’ design concept, Mazda's first-ever CX-30 crossover SUV combines the toughness of an SUV with a supple, flowing beauty that stands out in a crowd.

The overall exterior design portrays the releasing and diffusing of energy from the nose and front fenders through to the rear tires in a single motion.

“At first glance, this appears to be quite a simple design,” explained Yuta Takanashi, lead clay modeler at Mazda. “However, the body sides give off a completely different look depending on the angle from which you look at them, the surrounding environment, and the weather, making it an endlessly appealing design that you never tire of looking at.”

Use the interactive photos below to discover and explore some of the new features and design cues on the first-ever Mazda CX-30 compact crossover SUV.


The signature wing curves forward at the point where the grille and headlamps intersect, then extends further again to the left and right. From there, the tips slant upwards to form a shape reminiscent of airplane winglets.

The thin and horizontal-positioned turn indicator lamps are a cutting-edge design element that helps sculpt the front end of CX-30. 

The front grille of CX-30 features a triangular pattern that evolves depending on the angle from which it’s viewed. When light hits the horizontal lines of the triangles it makes them stand out and appear fin-like, while light hitting the peak of the triangles accentuates the sporty mesh feel of the design. 

The reflections on CX-30's body sides are always changing as light dances across the body surface. Careful control of the way light hits the CX-30 body surface has enabled a look that speaks of vitality and the movement of light and shadows.


Designed to be works of art, CX-30's LED taillights were designed to look sleek and sharp.

Available power lift gate.

The Mazda CX-30 18-inch wheels are designed with a sense of linearity that speaks of the car as a machine and strength that upholds the vehicle body.

Standard rearview camera.

With 20-percent greater color saturation and 50-percent more depth than its predecessor, Soul Red Crystal adds more allure to an already stunning hue of paint.

Cladding is normally used to protect the car body, but the turning point in the design process for CX-30 was the idea that Mazda could use it to black out the entire lower body, making it look and feel lower and sleeker.