The Sleuthy One’s sources are hearing that the automaker’s newest model will likely debut this November at the Los Angeles International Auto Show and arrive in showrooms by the first quarter of 2020. The CX-30, which slots between the compact CX-3 and less-compact CX-5 (but closer in size to the CX-5) looks a bit more like a hatchback due to the inclination of the rear liftgate, but should still be roomy enough to tote plenty of cargo. It’s expected that Mazda’s latest spark-controlled compression-ignition (diesel-like) four-cylinder gasoline engine, called Skyactiv-X, will be standard, but there’s also word that a hybrid powertrain might be available. Front- and all-wheel-drive CX-30s will be available, but there’s no word yet on pricing.

A Mazda that slots between the CX-3 and the CX-5 would logically be called the CX-4, but Mazda will call it the CX-30. The vehicle is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2020. PHOTO: MAZDA

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