Mazda has taken the stage at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show to unveil the new CX-4, effectively closing the gap between the CX-3 and CX-5 in its model range. The automaker will introduce the sleek crossover to the Chinese market this coming June, with no plans to sell it outside of the republic – not even in Japan.
If you’re looking from the dimension point of view, the CX-4 shares the same 2,700 mm wheelbase and 1,840 mm width as the CX-5. However, the former is 78 mm longer and 135 mm lower than its sibling, partly thanks to its dramatically sloping roofline.
As for design, it seems that the Japanese automaker did little to revise the Koeru concept car that was unveiled last year in Frankfurt. The front section features Mazda’s trademark grille design that blends perfectly with the sharp headlights, while the rear sports a chrome bar linking the tail lights, twin exhaust layout and a roof-mounted spoiler. The A-pillars are painted in black to give the crossover a ‘floating roofline’ effect.
The cabin features a similar layout with a tablet-style touch display on the dashboard and its dial controller in the centre console. The car also has an electric parking brake, rear air-conditioning vents and ample space for five.
The CX-4 will be available with either a 2.0- or a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine plucked from Mazda’s SkyActiv-G series. It can be mated with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, which will send the power to all four wheels through an i-Activ AWD system.
The CX-4 is assembled at FAW-Mazda joint venture factory in Changchun.
Mazda Unleashes New Mazda CX-4 Crossover SUV
– On display now at the Beijing Motor Show, sales in China start in June –
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled a new crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-4, at the Beijing Motor Show (Auto China 2016).*1 The latest edition to Mazda’s new-generation lineup adopts SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO—Soul of Motion design throughout and goes on sale in China in June.
The CX-4 was made to exceed existing categories and stereotypes. The dynamic design is unmistakably KODO in form and the planted stance and sleek, coupe-like cabin combine to give the model an outstanding presence. Customers will appreciate the exceptional functionality and user-friendliness, including the ease of entering and exiting the vehicle and the flexible cargo space. With SUV-like ground clearance and Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD*2 all-wheel drive system, the CX-4 is ready to take on a wide range of road conditions and offers a combination of outstanding environmental and safety performance (Sustainable Zoom-Zoom) and a Jinba-ittai driving feel with excellent handling thanks to its low center of gravity.
“The CX-4 is our fourth new-generation model in China,” said Nobuhide Inamoto, Senior Managing Executive Officer overseeing operations in China. “Demand for SUVs here is remarkably strong and we expect this model will play a big part in expanding the Mazda brand in this market. We will continue working to strengthen our brand in China, aiming to become a brand which enriches people’s lives through cars.”
Mazda CX-4 Key Specifications
|Suspension type (front/rear)||MacPherson strut/multi-link|
|Steering||Rack and pinion|
|Ventilated discs/solid discs|
|Equipment||i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies, MZD Connect*6 car connectivity system, auto-hold function, etc.|