Mazda's stand at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show included a new incarnation of the Mazda CX-4 coupé-SUV. At this point, the manufacturer has no plans to bring this vehicle to the UK.
The stylish, futuristic new model has evolved from the Koeru concept car. That prototype was unveiled during the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.
A continuation of the jinba ittai ethos – meaning horse and rider as one – has pushed the coupé-SUV's development. Mazda fans will already be very aware of jinba ittai, as it is the driving force behind the award-winning Mazda MX-5 roadster.
Visually, the Mazda CX-4 is in line with the current model range from the manufacturer – it shares many design elements with all-new Mazda3. Similarly to the Koeru, the body lines appear to sweep back, thanks to clever, careful streamlining. Lower body cladding has been incorporated for a rugged look, and changes to the car’s shoulder-line make it feel sporty and athletic.
Mazda is aiming for high functionality, as shown by the range of in-car connectivity features. Owners will be able to link their compatible smartphones to the Mazda CX-4, opening up a world of apps, menus and infotainment. The safety standard is also expected to be impressive.
Two SKYACTIV-G petrol engines will be offered for the vehicle. They will be paired with a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearbox respectively. Front-wheel and all-wheel drive options are also set to be available. The 2.0-litre engine is claimed to return as much as 44.8mpg, and the 2.5-litre petrol claims up to 38.7mpg.
The Mazda CX-4 will launch in China only, as part of a push in that specific market. However, the possibility of a European debut has not been completely ruled out.
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