The Japanese automaker is ready to showcase during the Auto China 2016 event taking place in Beijing its latest model, the CX-4 crossover, launched as an exclusive for the world’s biggest auto market.
Following numerous teasers and spy shots or leaks, the CX-4 is now official, set to join the Mazda SUV range as an entry into the hot crossover-coupe segment and an exclusive offering for the Chinese buyers. The new crossover is a tad larger than the rumor mill envisioned and comes with optional 19-inch alloy wheels. The wheelbase is the same – 106.3-inch (2.7-meter) – as in the compact CX-5 model and with the standard 17-inch wheel set it will have a ground clearance of 7.87 inches (20 centimeters). The front end is your regular Mazda affair: a massive and dynamic trapezoidal radiator grille sitting in between sleek headlights with LED technology – and we can clearly see the Koeru concept influences, with the latter prototype seen during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Moving towards the rear, the sloping roofline ends with a rear spoiler, while the bumper features twin exhaust tailpipes.
The cabin is your regular, modern Mazda, affair as well – tablet-style seven-inch display for the infotainment system, central console with dual-zone automatic climate control, and a push-rotary switch behind the gear lever, linked to the infotainment system. The engine choices for the new CX-4 include two four-cylinder Skyactiv-G gasoline options. Base power comes from the 2.0-liter unit sporting 158 horsepower (116 kilowatts) and 149 pound-feet (202 Newton meters) of torque. It has been linked to the front wheels using a six-speed automatic and the higher spec all-wheel drive version will also make use of this gearbox. But it will come with a 2.5-liter engine delivering 192 hp (141 kW) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm).