2020 Mazda CX-30 compact crossover SUV overhead rear shot with soul red crystal paint color parked in a fancy glass building as a women enters the driver's door

Why is it Called the Mazda CX-30?

2020 Mazda CX-30 Title Name and Size Explanation

Last month, the automotive community was introduced to a brand-new Mazda model. That would be the upcoming 2020 Mazda CX-30 SUV. Set to release later this year, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 is sized between the current 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the 2019 Mazda CX-5 models and is therefore also expected to be priced between them as well.

2020 Mazda CX-30 Exterior and Interior Design Elements

However, many drivers and fans of the Mazda brand did have one particular question pop into their mind upon learning about this new model. Why is it called the Mazda CX-30? If it’s between the Mazda CX-3 and the Mazda CX-5 why isn’t it just called the Mazda CX-4?

The Mazda CX-4 Problem

We’ll start by answering the second question. Why isn’t the 2020 Mazda CX-30 called the Mazda CX-4? This is because the Mazda CX-4 already exists. The Mazda CX-4 is a popular model that was introduced back in 2016 and is only available for purchase within China. With the name taken, it’s unclear from an outsider’s perspective whether the choice to not take on the Mazda CX-4 name was due to some legal stipulations or to avoid confusion between the very different models. Either way, Mazda chose not to name their new model as another Mazda CX-4.

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2020 Mazda CX-30 compact crossover SUV interior shot from driver's side window of ront seating and dashboard layout and design

The Choice of the Mazda CX-30 Name

So, we know why the Mazda CX-4 name was off the table. However, why was the Mazda CX-30 name chosen? Well, Mazda still wanted their new SUV model to be included within the current naming convention of the Mazda SUVs. Those would be the Mazda CX-3, the Mazda CX-5, and the Mazda CX-9. Therefore, rather than using a decimal (3.5), Mazda chose to add a 0 to the end.

What remains to be seen is whether this new twist on the Mazda naming convention will spread to other current and future Mazda models. Will the Mazda CX-3 be rebranded as the Mazda CX-20, and the Mazda CX-5 as the Mazda CX-50? Will we see more in-between models, such as a Mazda CX-35 in the future?

2020 Mazda CX-30 Cargo, Seating, and Dimensions

Learn More About the 2020 Mazda CX-30 in Lodi, NJ

No official release date has yet been set, but the 2020 Mazda CX-30 will release in Europe later this year, with an American market release planned for shortly after. For more information on the 2020 Mazda CX-30 or any other Mazda model, please check out our blog and contact us with any questions you might have. The Mazda of Lodi staff can be reached online, by phone, or in person at our dealership located in Lodi, New Jersey within the greater area of Bergen County.