It seems that Mazda has a new car coming soon. Unfortunately, nobody knows what it might be.

Recently, Mazda patented the name MX-30 at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Given that Mazda has reserved that name for them, it's more than likely that they'll be using it in the near future. We know that it's a name for a car since the patent filed in EUIPO stated 'Automobiles, parts and fittings thereof, but excluding tires and tubes'. What it doesn't mention is the type of car the MX-30 will be.

With the name sounding close to CX-30, it could potentially be a sports-oriented version of the Mazda's latest crossover. Unlike the coupe market, small crossover sales have exploded this past decade. If Mazda is taking this route, small sporty crossovers could be a thing in the coming years. After all, Mazda now makes a (somewhat) high performance crossovers these days in the form of the CX-5 2.5 Turbo, which is sadly only offered in the US for now.

Crossover or Coupe? Mazda patents MX-30 name image

For some however, the prefix MX conjures images of a sporty Mazda, after all, there's the Mazda MX-5. However, the MX-5 isn't the only car to use MX in its name. In the early 90's, there was the MX-3 and MX-6. Both were sporty coupe models that were meant to be the MX-5's smaller and bigger siblings. The MX-3 was a small, three-door liftback while the MX-6 was mid-sized. Both were front-wheel drive. MX-30 would suggest another small coupe, if one were to base it on Mazda's history.

If that's the case, it's a bold move from Mazda as the coupe market doesn't have a lot of offerings these days. Sure, there's the luxury market, but in the mainstream, there aren't a lot of options to choose from. There's the Toyota 86, Subaru BR-Z (which is the twin of the Toyota), and, if you live in the US, the Civic Coupe.

But for now, Mazda is tight-lipped on the subject of the MX-30. Will it be a coupe? A crossover? A combination of both? Let the guessing game begin.

Source: European Union Intellectual Property Office