Mazda CX-4 01Mazda 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.





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