The new Mazda CX-30 unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show has been confirmed for South Africa, with the local launch scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2020.

The CX-30 slots in neatly between the CX-3 and the CX-5, with the local arm of the Japanese automaker confirming that these two models will “remain part” of its range after the launch of the newcomer.

As a reminder, Mazda says its new compact crossover will “comfortably” seat four adults (although it’s officially classed as a five-seater) and was designed to be “easy to drive”.

It measures 4 395 mm in length, which makes it some 120 mm longer than the CX-3 and 150 mm shorter than the CX-5. With a wheelbase of 2 655 mm, the new model boasts an extra 85 mm between its axles compared with the CX-3, while its ground clearance comes in at 175 mm (15 mm more than its smaller sibling).

The luggage compartment, meanwhile, will swallow a claimed 430 litres, with the liftgate opening measuring a generous 1 020 mm wide.

While local engine specifications have yet to be announced, Mazda in Europe has confirmed power will come from the latest SkyActiv-G naturally aspirated 2,0 petrol engine, with a SkyActiv-D 1,8 turbodiesel unit also expected to be available. In addition, the Japanese firm will offer its clever new SkyActiv-X compression-ignition petrol mill, as used in the latest Mazda3.

Drive will be sent to either the front axle or all four wheels, with transmission options expected to include six-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearboxes.