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Mazda CX-30 SUV to sit between CX-3 and CX-5 when it arrives in Australia next year

Just when you thought there were no SUV gaps left to plug, Mazda has whipped the covers off its all new CX-30 SUV which will touch down in Australia next year.

Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the CX-30 is designed as the brand's Goldilocks model, slightly bigger than the CX-3 small SUV, yet not as large as the mid-size CX-5. It will slot between those two models when it arrives in Australia later this year, with Mazda suggesting it will be sold alongside the current line-up, rather than replace an SUV.

The CX-30 is both longer and wider than the CX-3 (4395mm and and 1795mm versus 4275mm and 1765mm), and it sits on a longer wheelbase (2655mm vs 2570mm). The bigger CX-5, on the other hand, measures 4545mm in length and 1840mm in width, with a wheelbase of 2700mm.

And it's these numbers that Mazda says will entice customers to its SUV line-up; anyone who says the CX-3 is too small, and the CX-5 is too big should find the CX-30 just right. Well, that's the plan, at least.

It's bigger dimensions also translate to more storage space, with Mazda claiming 430 litres of luggage room in its CX-30; enough to hold a standard pram and a carry on bag wth the rear seats in place. That's a mighty improvement over the CX-3's 264 litres of storage space.

While Australian specifics will be yet to be finalised, the CX-30's international engine line-up will include the brand's Skyactiv-G 2.0-litre petrol engine, which will arrive with a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation function that can shut down two cylinder when cruising.

A 1.8-litre diesel will be offered internationally, too, but all eyes will be on the brand's diesel-aping Skyactiv X petrol engine, which should be available from the moment the CX-30 touches down.

Internationally, both petrol engines will be offered with a mild hybrid system, but the M Hybrid functionality is no sure starter for Oz.

In the cabin, you'll find an Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-equipped 8.8-inch infotainment screen which pairs with a eight-speaker stereo as standard.

Inside there's a 8.8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Inside there's a 8.8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

On the safety front, Mazda is promising an (optional) Driver Monitoring System that uses an infrared camera to monitor how with the driver's eyes are at any given time, as well as counting the number of times that person blinks, as well as checking the angle of the mouth and face. If it determines the driver is drowsy or falling asleep, an alarm will sound and the AEB system will become more sensitive.

“We designed the CX-30 to be an essential partner in the customer’s daily life,” says Mazda boss, Akira Marumoto. “Moving forward, our new products and technologies will ensure customers continue to see the value in owning a Mazda car. We aim to be recognised as a brand that forms the strongest of bonds with each customer.”

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