Originally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, the 2018 Mazda CX-4 represents Mazda’s latest attempt to enter and take its place in the crowded SUV market. As opposed to the majority of modern SUV models, the CX-4 was originally expected to be available only in China. However, the latest rumors claim that it will also hit the US market as well. The vehicle itself looks like a well-designed mix between the Mazda CX-5 and the CX-3, with plenty of sporty features and a strong performance. All of these will make the new CX-4 a strong contender in the SUV world.
2018 Mazda CX-4 – Inspired by the KODO Design Language
Many would say that the first impressions are usually the most important ones. Well, the first impressions regarding the look of the 2018 Mazda CX-4 are all good. This SUV gives a strong feeling of athleticism and aggressiveness. Not only that, but the vehicle also features a stylish design that easily makes it one of the prettiest SUVs on the market. Its overall size is very similar to the size of the CX-5, albeit with slightly longer overhangs. In general, the look of the CX-4 will be heavily inspired by the Mazda’s latest KODO design language. From the front, one can easily notice a large, shield-shaped and chromed grille, along with a highly-sculpted hood.
The frame used in the CX-4 is the one found in the Koeru concept and its grille smoothly transitions into the sleek headlamps. In the rear, the new SUV features a revamped tailgate, stylish headlights and a utilitarian bumper.
Interior Features and Equipment
The interior and the cabin of the 2018 Mazda CX-4 are not that different in comparison to the Koeru concept. Some might even say that the interior of the Koeru was even more luxurious that the CX-4’s one. Nevertheless, the interior of the CX-4 is still very well made, with plenty of smart design choices and quality materials. Although the cabin will be smaller than the CX-5’s, it will still offer a good amount of headroom and legroom, thanks to a taller glass house. It will also feature plenty of luxurious materials, like high-quality leather, aluminum inserts, contrast stitching and a bit of chrome.
The dashboard is also highly convenient, with an ergonomic design and simple and clean layout. In addition to quality materials, the CX-4 will also feature high-quality tech options, as well. These will include the latest driver assistance systems, automated safety measures, navigation and more. In the infotainment department, the SUV will feature a touchscreen info display, USB and Bluetooth connectivity suites and a quality sound system.
2018 Mazda CX-4 – Rumored Engine Specs and Performance
The latest rumors point out that the 2018 Mazda CX-4 will use the same engines found in the CX-5. These will be 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter SkyActive 4-cylinder petrol engines. The 2.0-liter variant produces 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. For enhanced performance, Mazda will also use a 2.5-liter variant, which comes with 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will come paired with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and are expected to have an EPA rating of 36 mpg for the 2.0-liter variant and 37 mpg for the 2.5-liter variant.
2018 Mazda CX-4 – Release Date and Price
As of now, the company is yet to confirm the release date for its new 2018 Mazda CX-4. However, its price is expected to be no less than 22.000$. The main competitors will be Toyota RAV 4, VW Tiguan and many others.