Production Mazda CX-4 Coming to Beijing Motor Show
Sporty Compact Crossover to Slot in Next to CX-5
Mazda will be adding another small crossover to its lineup, slotting in as a more stylish alternative to the CX-5. The CX-4, which takes inspiration from the Koeru concept from the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, will make its formal debut at the 2016 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in April.
Mazda hasn’t revealed specific dimensions of the CX-4, but the Koeru was slightly longer in overall length and wheelbase than the CX-5 is, so the CX-4’s diminutive name could be misleading. As such, it resembles a tall wagon more than a crossover SUV, and it could be Mazda’s match for the Subaru Outback. It’ll also likely prioritize style somewhat, making it a decent foil for the larger Nissan Murano. Powertrain details are mum at the moment, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the turbocharged 2.5L Skyactiv I-4 from the upcoming CX-9 under the sporty crossover’s hood.
As all new Mazdas are, expect the CX-4 to be a shapely little thing, with a large, shield-shaped grille framed by LED-accented headlamps. The single teaser image released by Mazda betrays the CX-4’s graceful roofline (complete with silver-accented window frames and roof rails) and lovely, bulging rear fenders.
Given that Mazda is quite good at transitioning show-car shapes into production, the Koeru-inspired CX-4 should be the beauty queen of the sporty-crossover segment. In fact, we think it’ll be nicer to look at than the BMW X4 or Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe whose bodystyle it apes.