an injection of horses and a “special”

CELEBRATIVE VERSION – Slender shapes, in addition to welcoming and well-finished interiors, remain the hallmarks also for this 2021 edition of the medium-sized crossover (440 cm length) Mazda CX-30. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Japanese house, an unprecedented setting arrives 100th Anniversary (photo below), reserved for the 2.0-XM Hybrid (fitted with the newly refurbished two-liter e-Skyactiv X, with 7 HP more) with six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. It is distinguished by the white body color and the burgundy leather upholstery for the seats, with the 100th Anniversary logo embossed in the headrests. In the 36.500 euro the Mazda CX-30 2.0 X-Hybrid 100th Anniversary includes 18 “alloy wheels with dedicated logo, LED matrix headlights, heated and electrically adjustable front seats, as well as a multimedia system with an 8.8” screen. and navigator. The complete range of driving aids includes automatic emergency braking, which is also active when reversing and monitoring the blind spot of the mirrors.

THEY HAVE WORKED VERY LONG – As mentioned, the other novelty concerns theupdate of the most powerful among the engines light gasoline hybrids from Mazda CX-30, the 2.0 e-Skyactiv X, which now has a slightly lower compression ratio, going from 16.3: 1 to 15: 1, without however losing efficiency according to the Japanese house. The operating principle does not change, which uses a lean mixture (i.e. with a lower fuel / air ratio) and compression ignition (a bit like in diesel engines), however controlled by a spark plug. In detail, the engine e-Skyactiv X it works through a first injection that sends a “lean” mixture into the cylinder, and only when the piston is almost at top dead center is a second spray of richer mixture emitted and the spark plug ignites the spark. Thanks to the high compression ratio, this “fireball” heats and compresses the rest of the mixture igniting it completely. According to Mazda, the engine can thus achieve high efficiency to the advantage of consumption and polluting emissions. The other changes concern the profile of the piston crown, valve timing times and electronic engine management. The result of all these interventions is the increase in both power, which goes from 179 to 186 hp, and in maximum torque: 240 Nm at 4000 rpm, 16 Nm more than before. As before, the petrol engine is paired with a 48-volt, 7.9-hp electric unit, connected to the 4-cylinder via a belt, and a small lithium-ion battery. Thanks to the refinements of the petrol engine, the consumption declared for this mild hybrid system drops: 17.9 km / l the average against 15.4 previously (both based on the WLTP cycle), in the version with manual gearbox.

HOW ARE YOU – In the guide the 186 horses of the Mazda CX-30 2.0-X M Hybrid they respond more readily at low revs than the version with the 179 HP engine and, beyond 4000 rpm, the delivery becomes almost sporty, accompanied by a pleasant sound. The equipment of the tested car is the richest Exclusive (34,550 euros with practically everything as standard, including leather interiors), which offers among the options the 6-speed automatic transmission present in the test car. It costs 2,000 euros (including the levers behind the steering wheel) and is appreciated for its fluidity and the right speed, which accentuates the impression of a greater, and satisfactory, liveliness of the car in recovery. For the rest, the Mazda CX-30 2.0-X M Hybrid it is confirmed as a pleasant crossover to drive, which lends itself to lively speeds accompanied by good comfort, thanks to the sound insulation of the passenger compartment. Even with the generous footprint of the 215/55 R 18 tires (standard), the not excessively hard suspension setting guarantees a discreet absorption of the bumps in the asphalt and limits the roll just enough to give good agility. Nothing to complain about the steering, precise and not too heavy. During the test dealt with brio on mountain roads and on the motorway, the on-board computer calculated consumption of around 12 km / l.

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