2017 Mazda CX-4 Redesign, Specs, Engine, Price and Release Date | Suvgallery.com - In 2015, Mazda unveiled a Koeuru concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This concept is being brought out to reality by the production of the 2017 Mazda CX-4. The model is expected to make its first appearance to the public at the China Auto in Beijing in April 2016. Its production is supposed to have started, and the sales of this fancy SUV should start in the month of augusts.
This car has unique head and tail lights, winged mirrors attached to the front door and uniquely shaped door handles. The pictures released of the final model looks exactly like the auto show model. In the year 2015, sales for the CX -3 went down by 9 per cent and it is expected this latest model will outdo this trend because the medium SUV went up by 11%. While the CX-5 is a family concept car, with a larger boot space and the CX-3 a bit smaller, the 2017 Mazda CX-4 will mediate between the two and will be more sophisticated.
In order to meet their customer’s demands and complete their model lineup, back at the Beijing Auto Show one of the largest Japanese manufacturers released the all-new 2017 Mazda CX-4. The car is loosely based on the Mazda3 and Mazda CX-5, but it features a sportier appearance which closely resembles the Koeru concept showcased a while ago. While it has already been released, the car will not be available in the US or European markets which is a rather odd move because it takes a good chunk of their possible customers. Mazda said that they want to improve the design and offer on these markets a car that does more than just look like a sports car.
The most noticeable and unique feature of this SUV are the elongated headlamps, with additional fog lamps. The lower grille and the upper grille including the front bumper have been fine tuned in order to for less expensive manufacturing. The wheels have been slightly pushed inside the body, and the car has some unique side mirrors attached to the door. They have removed the glossy finish which was there in the CX-3. The CX-4 is supposed to have a straddle that is between the CX-3 and the CX-5. It is also sportier than the two models. This model has a height of 1,500 mm, 4,600 mm in length and 1,900 mm in width. It also has a wheel base of 2,700 mm. Therefore it is slightly larger than the CX – which is already in the market and slightly smaller than the CX-5 which is still on its concept face.
The first official photos confirm what we already knew about the CX-4 ever since the first prototype was spotted in Asia. The CX-4 features the same KODO-styled front end with the massive, shield-shaped grille and sculpted engine hood. It also sports the Koeru’s grille frame that extends into the headlamps, a design feature not available on other Mazda vehicles. Interestingly enough, the model showcased by the company in Beijing has a blacked-out chrome grille instead of the usual shiny trim, which gives the crossover a sportier appearance.
The 2017 Mazda CX-4 concept demonstrates the characteristics of a crossover coupe with a long nose, hood, side doors with a high sill, domed miniature racks and a huge wheel arches, with 21-inch wheels with an elegant pattern. Tires, by the way, are low-profile 265/45 R21.
Rear part is pompous and solid: an amazingly stylish ceiling marker lamps with beautiful graphics LEDs, compact tailgate with a miniature glass and spoiler, a powerful large-bumper with two exhaust pipes attachments. In the crossover tradition underbody and wheel arch edges of the concept are protected by powerful straps made of black plastic.
The interior is similar to CX-9 concept and it will have a larger cargo area and expanded leg room. It will have an 8 inch touch screen LCD display, internet radio, Bluetooth, and you can integrate it with your smart phone. It takes entertainment and comfort to a whole new level.
Exterior of Mazda CX-4 Concept demonstrates full compliance with original design style, called Kodo (soul of motion), based on the Mazda CX-5 crossover platform. Front fascia of a prototype with compact LED headlamps (Hunter’s Eye headlights), a neat false radiator grille accentuated bottom winged chrome insert, hood with a bright surface relief and a powerful bumper, with striking aerodynamic body kit.
Mazda gave us a good look at the CX-4’s interior before its debut and it seems like nothing changed since then. Not surprisingly, the CX-4’s cabin isn’t as fancy as the Koeru’s, but more in line with what we already saw in the CX-5. The center stack layout is pretty much the same, with an infotainment screen above the rectangular A/C vents and all the knobs and buttons below. However, the touchscreen is a free-standing type unit, whereas the CX-5 has it integrated into the center stack.
As expected, the CX-4 received the exact same engines as the CX-5. There is no specific information on output, but the latter comes with a 2.0-liter SkyActiv unit rated at 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque in entry-level guise and a more powerful 2.5-liter SkyActiv with 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of twist in range-topping trim. Chances are the CX-4 will hit dealerships in the same specifications. Should the crossover go global, certain markets will also get the 2.2-liter diesel with 147 horsepower and 280 pound-feet or 173 horses and 310 pound-feet. Mazda did confirm that transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic, and that the version with the 2.5-liter engine will also feature all-wheel drive.
The Chinese model features the same 2.0 and 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engines which are fuel efficient and great fun to drive but not all that powerful. Rumors say that the model inbound for the Western market will be quite a bit more different. This one is expected to come equipped with a newly developed 2.0-liter turbocharged mill which could offer up to 200 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, the 2.5-liter turbo found on the CX-9 might also be offered on the smaller and sportier looking CX-4 but at this point these are just rumors and things might change when it is officially released. We do know that a 6-speed manual or Mazda’s six-speed automatic is still going to be offered.
Under the hood, two four-cylinder engines will be offered, a 2.0-liter I-4 and a 2.5-liter, both of which are part of Mazda’s Skyactiv-G family. In the U.S., the 2.0-liter is rated between 146 to 155 hp and 146 to 150 lb-ft of torque depending on the application. The larger 2.5-liter, which is used in the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5, produces 184 hp and 185 lb-ft. A six-speed manual will be available on the CX-4 exclusively with the 2.0-liter while the 2.5-liter is mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic. Models equipped with the smaller engine come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels. Upgrading to the 2.5-liter adds 19-inch alloys as standard.
Developed to “exceed existing categories and stereotypes,” the CX-4 bridges the gap between the Mazda3 and CX-5. About the same size as the CX-5, the CX-4 is not only a bigger proposition to the car-based CX-3, but also a sportier, coupe-like one. Unfortunately, there is no word whether this new crossover will be sold globally or offered just in China, but the fact that it was launched at the Beijing Auto Show could mean that its main focus is the world’s largest automobile market.