Mazda finally reveals the new CX-4, but it will be only for China (at first)

More than a month ago, we have revealed not only the pictures of the new Mazda CX-4, but also the dimensions and engines. It would be powered by a 2.0 4-cylinder engine that delivers 116 kW and by a 2.5 4-cylinder engine able to produce 141 kW. And it would also be 4.63 m long, 1.84 m wide, 1.54 m tall, with a wheelbase of 2.70 m. Mazda has confirmed all the information we have released when it officially presented the new CX-4 at the Beijing Motor Show. It will be produced at the Ujina plant, in Hiroshima, Japan, for the Chinese market. At first, at least.

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The production version of the Koeru concept has a great potential to be sold in much more markets than only China. The question is if Mazda has a production capacity that is big enough to supply the Chinese demand and also to be sold in other countries, such as Japan and USA. The interior of the car was something we had not seen before the official reveal. Check it below.

 

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The 2.0 will have 17-inch wheels, with 225/65 R17 tires, while the 2.5 will have 19-inch wheels, with 225/55 R19 tires.

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Mazda has not released prices for the new CX-4, which will be put for sale in China next June, but we have a few more interesting facts about the SUV. Its ground clearance varies from 19 cm, for the 2.5 version, to 20 cm, for the 2.0 version. The front suspension is composed by a McPherson strut, while the rear suspension uses a multilink arrangement. Transmissions are manual and automatic options, both 6-speed. Only the 2.5 engine will offer 4WD. The 2.0 powerplant implies a front wheel drive SUV.

With its coupé-like body, the CX-4 should attract a lot of attention. It is not too big for emerging countries nor it is too small for families. Keeping it only to China would be a huge mistake, but Mazda has already committed a few. We just hope the Japanese carmaker does not want to add this one to its formidable CV.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.