Try as it might, Mazda just can't keep its newest SUV, the 2017 Mazda CX-4 under wraps
With only weeks to go before the car debuts at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, Mazda offered this alluring teaser (below) showcasing the CX-5-based fastback SUV’s sweeping roofline.
As expected the CX-4 sticks steadfastly to the style guidelines set by its Koeru concept precursor.
Unfortunately for Mazda, a set of tell-all images of the new car, fully lit and undisguised, hit the net shortly before the shadowy teaser, and not for the first time either.
As before, we can see that the CX-4 wears Mazda’s family face, blacked out A-pillar, lowered roofline in the vein of BMW’s X4, and alloy wheels borrowed from the CX-5.
Powertrains are set to include Mazda’s SkyActiv 2.0 and 2.5 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines, rated at 114kW and 138kW respectively.
Dimensionally the CX-4 shares its width and wheelbase with the CX-5, but carries slightly longer overhangs for a longer overall length, as well as a dramatically lower roofline.
On the inside, the CX-4 makes use of Mazda’s modular interior architecture, borrowing its steering wheel and instrument cluster from other members of the Mazda range, while the remainder of the interior looks to be closely aligned with the Mazda3.
The usual high-spec inclusions, such as leather seat-trim, dual-zone climate control, and MZD Connect infotainment are also visible, along with an electric park-brake switch mounted just behind the gear selector.
But, if you’d like to get your hands on Mazda’s low-roof SUV, it seems that China will be the only place to get one, at least initially, with no plans to introduce the CX-4 to other markets just yet.
We’ll have more information about the car (if there’s anything left to tell) when it makes it’s official Beijing Auto Show debut in just over a fornight.
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