During a press conference following the launch of the all-new Mazda 3, Bermaz executive chairman Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh revealed that the CX-30 would be coming to Malaysia, and added that the CX-5 will also be given an “upgrade.”

The CX-30 first made its global debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, and is the second model in Mazda’s next-generation product line-up after the Mazda 3. The crossover occupies the space between the CX-3 and CX-5, and is built on the company’s SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture.

Engine options include the SkyActiv range of petrol and diesel engines, including the Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology, referred to as SkyActiv-X. Given the available engines for the latest Mazda 3 in our part of the world, it’s likely that only the regular SkyActiv-G engines will be made available to us.

Of course, nothing is certain for now, as Yeoh did not provide further details like pricing, or if the model will be fully imported (CBU) or locally assembled (CKD). This is very much a case of “wait and see,” but those who have been looking forward to the arrival of the CX-30 can rest happy for now.

As for the CX-5, the SUV has been on sale in CKD form since 2017, and was given a slight update later on in October 2018 with the addition of an electric powered tailgate on selected variants.

It’s still up in the air what the impending “upgrade” for the CX-5 will include, but we can make some deductions. Minor improvements like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support for the MZD Connect infotainment system, a nighttime pedestrian detection function for the Smart City Braking Support (SCBS) system, GVC Plus and a 360-degree camera option are likely, as we’ve seen on the Japan-spec CX-5.

A more significant upgrade is the option of a turbocharged version of the 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine, which if true, should make many fans here happy. For the Japanese market, the mill serves up 230 PS at 4,250 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, with a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

For now, we’re purely presenting possible theories, and we’ll only know more when Bermaz is ready to provide more information. Are you looking forward to the CX-30, or is the prospect of a turbocharged CX-5 more enticing? Let us know in the comments below.