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Beijing 2016: Mazda CX-4 crossover makes world debut

Beijing 2016: Mazda CX-4 crossover makes world debut image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mazda | posted April 25, 2016 10:44

China-exclusive Mazda CX-4 revealed

After teasing their new crossover several weeks ago, Mazda has officially revealed the CX-4 at this year's Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. To be available as a China-only model, the new crossover is the production version of the Koeru concept that was first revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Rear quarter of the 2016 Mazda CX-4

Beginning with its exterior, the CX-4 takes styling cues from its original concept, and from the CX-5. Up front, the CX-4 sports Mazda's signature hexagonal grill and tapered LED headlight design. Towards the side, the rakish roofline from the Koeru concept makes its way in the CX-4 while large alloy wheels highlight the crossover's profile.

The rear, on the other hand, somehow retained its concept look. It gets sleek wraparound taillights, chrome tailgate garnish, dual exhaust pipes and roof-mounted spoiler.

Aboard the 2016 Mazda CX-4

The interior is typical Mazda design. It has a 7-inch tablet-inspired display, multi-function 3-spoke steering wheel, central rotary control for  the infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 3-pod instrument panel.

Under the hood, the CX-4 will be available with two engines. First up is the front wheel drive (FWD) variant that is powered by a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G inline-four that puts out 155 PS and 202 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Next is the all wheel drive model (AWD) that is driven by a 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G inline-four. It produces 192 PS and 252 Nm of torque and is also connected to the 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Before you get too excited, it will be produced and sold in China exclusively; though Mazda did say they are studying the possibility of offering it to other markets.