Mazda Enters Coupe-Crossover Game with 2017 CX-4
Swoopy China-Only Production SUV Takes Bones from CX-5
Jumping into the rarefied field of production coupe utilities is the all-new Mazda CX-4, a swoopy version of the CX-5 compact crossover. Featuring the powertrains and wheelbase of that family SUV, the CX-4 sits about 5 inches closer to the ground, with an extra few inches added between the bumpers for a longer, lower stance. In fact, aside from the smallish 17-inch wheels on the car shown at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, the Mazda looks just about perfect.
Powering the show car is a 2.0L Skyactiv I-4, likely producing the same 155 hp and 150 lb-ft it makes in the CX-5. The lower stance pays dividends in fuel economy, and performance might benefit as well. A Skyactiv 2.5L I-4 is also going to be available, with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic standard on that powertrain. If much of the running gear carries over from the CX-5, expect an even more fun, flingable driving experience from the lower CX-4.
Shown in China’s second-largest city earlier today, the CX-4 will be exclusive to that country, at least for now. It would make lots of sense in America, where Mazdas achieve success thanks to their sleek styling, at least in part. Furthermore, coupe utilities like the BMW X6 sell well here, and we think a stylish, lower-cost example of the breed would do very nicely among DINKs, singles, and retirees with modest budgets.