Mazda CX-4 Teased Ahead of Beijing Debut

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Mazda has released a teaser for the CX-4, the fourth crossover in its model range, ahead of its official debut at the 2016 Beijing motor show. The car was originally previewed by the Koeru Concept, a low-slung crossover wagon, that debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show.

However, a report from Automotive News suggests that the CX-4 won’t come to the U.S. any time soon. Mazda spokeswoman Michiko Terashima told AN that the CX-4 will initially be manufactured and sold exclusively in China. The automaker is also considering selling the CX-4 in other markets but it has yet to make a decision. Like the rest of the Mazda lineup, the CX-4 will feature the full suite of Skyactiv Technologies and the brand’s Kodo design language.

In an earlier interview with Automotive News, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said the CX-4 is “a totally new car. It’s a lower, sporty SUV. It’s closer to a wagon.”Kogai also said that compared to the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9, the CX-4 will ride lower and place an emphasis on driving dynamics. Additionally, the executive also hinted that the new crossover is targeting the Subaru Outback, which has sold more units than Mazda’s combined crossover sales in 2015.

Source: Mazda, Automotive News (Subscription required)