One of the most talked-about crossovers this year that's not a Proton offshoot of a Geely is the Mazda CX-30. When it was launched (and one we've subsequently driven) in Malaysia earlier this year, AWD was curiously absent from a line-up which included 2.0 petrol and 1.8 diesel powertrains. That gap has since been addressed by local distributor Bermaz. with the 2.0G High model now endowed with all-terrain capabilities.
The Mazda CX-30 2.0L SkyActiv-G High AWD adds Mazda's i-Activ AWD system to the high-spec petrol's existing spec sheet. It's a variable system that can switch between a full-front to full-AWD torque distribution, aided by something Mazda calls Off-Road Traction Assist for better grip through trickier terrains.
These additions add RM12,000 to the CX-30's price tag, making the new CX-30 2.0G High AWD the new range-topper at RM176,059 on-the-road without insurance. Previously, the 1.8 diesel was the most expensive car in the range at RM172,944.
Bermaz has also updated the base 2.0G model to include Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and a "Walk Away Lock" for added convenience. These new items bump up the base price of the CBU crossover by RM2,700 to RM145,759.