Mazda has unveiled its new Nissan Qashqai-rivalling crossover at the Geneva motor show.

Called CX-30, the model will sit between the CX-3 and CX-5 in the firm’s vehicle line-up and is due to go on sale later this year in the UK.

According to Mazda, the CX-30 is the second all-new model  in its “new-generation line-up” and follows on from the all-new 3 lower medium model.

The Japanese brand has not released information on the vehicle’s powertrains at this stage, but expect the firm’s low-emission petrol engines to feature alongside its 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre diesel units.

Mazda CX-30

Mazda said the styling of the CX-30 “combines the bold proportions of an SUV with elegant styling that embodies Mazda’s design language”, adding that the vehicle can easily seat four adults and has been designed to be easy to drive and accessible to a wide range of customers. “The increased height over a passenger car provides excellent visibility and makes getting in and out a breeze, while the body size makes it easy to manoeuvre on any road and in any parking space,” the brand claimed.

“We designed the CX-30 to be an essential partner in the customer’s life,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s representative director, president and CEO. “It will be made at key global plants so we can deliver Mazda’s renowned driving pleasure and matured  design to customers all over the world. 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.”