Beijing Debuts – 2017 Mazda CX-4 is New Crossover Coupe for China

Mazda has been growing their CX lineup of crossovers over the last few years and has revealed yet another new one in Beijing. Slotted in-between the CX-3 and CX-5, the CX-4 uses Mazda’s Kodo design language which incorporates a rather handsome hatchback-like design rather than a traditional SUV design. Mazda says that the CX-4 has a “sleek, coupe-like” look and their claims seem to be correct.

On the inside, the CX-4 is similar to its other Mazda siblings with a touchscreen infotainment system wedged on the dashboard along with traditional analog gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel. There are two engines choices for the CX-4. A 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline-four comes in front-wheel-drive with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. If you want all-wheel-drive, you will have to jump to the 2.5-liter engine and its automatic transmission. As always, Mazda’s array or active-safety systems such as adaptive cruise-control and lane assist will be options as well as the i-ELOOP fuel-saving system.

This all sounds very enticing right? Well, there is one catch. This time, the “C” in CX-4 really means “China” because Mazda plans to only sell the CX-4 in China starting in June. This is a pity because the CX-4 looks to blend a very stylish exterior and high-quality materials in the interior.


2017 Mazda CX-4

Mazda Unleashes New Mazda CX-4 Crossover SUV

– On display now at the Beijing Motor Show, sales in China start in June –
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled a new crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-4, at the Beijing Motor Show (Auto China 2016).*1 The latest edition to Mazda’s new-generation lineup adopts SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO—Soul of Motion design throughout and goes on sale in China in June.
Mazda CX-4 featuring SKYACTIV-G 2.5 and i-ACTIV AWD 

The CX-4 was made to exceed existing categories and stereotypes. The dynamic design is unmistakably KODO in form and the planted stance and sleek, coupe-like cabin combine to give the model an outstanding presence. Customers will appreciate the exceptional functionality and user-friendliness, including the ease of entering and exiting the vehicle and the flexible cargo space. With SUV-like ground clearance and Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD*2 all-wheel drive system, the CX-4 is ready to take on a wide range of road conditions and offers a combination of outstanding environmental and safety performance (Sustainable Zoom-Zoom) and a Jinba-ittai driving feel with excellent handling thanks to its low center of gravity.


“The CX-4 is our fourth new-generation model in China,” said Nobuhide Inamoto, Senior Managing Executive Officer overseeing operations in China. “Demand for SUVs here is remarkably strong and we expect this model will play a big part in expanding the Mazda brand in this market. We will continue working to strengthen our brand in China, aiming to become a brand which enriches people’s lives through cars.”


Mazda CX-4 Key Specifications

Overall length mm 4,633
Overall width mm 1,840
Overall height mm 1,535 1,530 1,535
Wheelbase mm 2,700
Ground clearance mm 197 196 194*3
Drive system   FWD i-ACTIV-AWD
Engine   SKYACTIV-G 2.0
(2.0-liter gasoline)
(2.5-liter gasoline)
Transmission   SKYACTIV-MT
(6-speed manual)
(6-speed automatic)
Fuel consumption
6.4 6.3 7.2*5
Suspension type (front/rear)   MacPherson strut/multi-link
Steering   Rack and pinion
Brake type
  Ventilated discs/solid discs
Tires   225/65R17 225/55R19
Equipment   i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies, MZD Connect*6 car connectivity system, auto-hold function, etc.


  • *1 Also known as 2016 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Press days are April 25-26. Special invitation days are April 27-28. Open to the public from April 29 through May 4.
  • *2 Available only with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine.
  • *3 Applies to models with i-ELOOP. Ground clearance for models without i-ELOOP is 191 mm.
  • *4 Fuel consumption figures are measured under fixed test conditions. Customer’s fuel consumption will vary depending on a variety of factors, including traffic and weather conditions, driving style (sudden acceleration, etc.) and use of the HVAC system.
  • *5 Applies to models with i-ELOOP. Fuel consumption for models without i-ELOOP is 7.3 liters/100 km.
  • *6 The system is called Mazda Connect in Japan, USA, Canada and Mexico. China and other markets use the name MZD Connect.

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