The Mazda’s crossover segment gets an additional nameplate under its lineup with the recent unveiling of the CX-4 at the Beijing show. This low-roof and sporty crossover remains exclusive for the Chinese market. We’re hoping that it would arrive at the North American and European soil soonest.
2017 Mazda CX-4 – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
This new 2017 Mazda CX-4 is previewed by the Koeru concept-car and gives much emphasis on driving pleasure, as compared to other models in their lineup. The Japanese carmaker’s CEO Masamichi Kogai aptly describes it as “a totally new car” that is lower, sporty SUV; more like a wagon. It straddles between the smaller CX-3 and the much larger CX-5.
The most obvious and unique feature of the 2017 Mazda CX-4 is its elongated headlamps plus its fog lamps. The upper and lower grille, as well as the front bumper, has been restyled for a sportier but less expensive manufacturing. Side mirrors attached to the door are uniquely designed, while the wheels have been slightly thrust inside the body. Unlike the glossy finish of the CX-3, this crossover does not have the glossy touch.
Proportion-wise, the new 2017 Mazda CX-4 resembles the original concept. It has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm, 1,500 mm tall, 4,600 mm long and 1,900 mm wide. It looks like an enlarged Mazda 3, but with a striking sporty shoulder-line, a bolder profile, and a muscular lower body cladding. Consistent with the Koeru design styling, the C-Pillar is characterized by a muscular design.
The 2017 Mazda CX-4 is almost a reproduction of the popular CX-5 but is built to be more stylish. It continues to use the CX-5’s underpinnings and chassis but gets a lower roofline. One concern with this design, however, is the possibility of compromising the headroom, especially for back-seat passengers. On the other hand, the leg room and cargo area get additional space, much like in the CX-9 concept.
Interior design dash blends the best of the CX-3 and CX-5. It gets Bluetooth connectivity, internet radio, an 8-inch touch screen LCD display, and smartphone integrated. Performance-wise, the 2017 Mazda CX-4 gets an impressive score in the handling department, thanks to the bevy of sophisticated features and advanced safety technologies of the crossover. With the CX-4 already out in the Chinese market, it’s just time before we can see if Mazda indeed delivers its promise to take driving comfort and entertainment (at least in the crossover segment) to a whole new level.
2017 Mazda CX-4 – Modification under the Hood
The 2017 CX-4 runs on a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine which produces 227 hp, same as the engine introduced in the CX-9. It features the front- or four-wheel drive. The engine is sporty but the built still allows you to drive in a group.
2017 Mazda CX-4 – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
The Mazda CX-4 2017 was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show this month and we’re expecting to see it in dealerships in a couple of months. As mentioned above, it would be exclusively available to the Chinese car market for now and there is still no official word as to when it would be offered to other markets. The base model would get a price tag around the $21,000 which slots just between the CX-3 and CX-5. Stay tuned for the early reviews on this new crossover soon.