Do you remember the Mazda Koeru concept that was showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show? Well, the Japanese automaker is set to release its production version dubbed the 2017 Mazda CX-4.
The automaker has even released a teaser image of the model though the image was not very revealing. Nonetheless, our spy photographers caught up with a disguised model undergoing testing. Read along to find out more on this toned down version of the fancy Koeru compact crossover concept;
2017 Mazda CX-4 Exterior
The teaser image released by the automaker doesn’t reveal its clear design; however, from our spy shots, we can see a lot of resemblance with the Koeru concept. The automaker took the Koeru design features and tweaked it to more production-friendly designs. The crossover features the similar KODO-styled front. It features a huge, shield-shaped grille and a sculpted hood. Its grille features a chrome surround which extends to the thin, swept-back LED headlamps and LED DRLs. It also features boomerang-shaped fog lights which are integrated with the bumper.
At the rear, the CX-4 features large taillights and a thick chrome strip that connects them. It has dual exhaust pipes that pop out close to the ground and are not attached to the bumper like those of the Koeru concept. Its lower tailgate has a smooth design while the widescreen is taller than the one on the Koeru while the rear bumper looks more utilitarian.
Overall, the model looks sporty just like the Koeru concept. The roof is higher than the Koeru though. Its door handles are a bit ordinary while its wheels are not very attractive but overall the crossover looks superb.
2017 Mazda CX-4 Interior
According to the spy shots of the cabin, the interior is not as fancy as that of the Koeru concept. It looks much more like the one on the CX-5. However, the cabin features a good deal of premium features such as leather upholstery with contrast stitching, aluminum inserts among others. It features a similar center stack design as the CX-5 and an infotainment system mounted above its rectangular-shaped A/C vents.
The cabin is less roomy though compared that of the CX-5. The CX-4 has a taller glass house compared to the concept making it less cramped at the rear than the Koeru.
Buyers will love its 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel, the automaker’s 3-piece instrument cluster (similar to the one on the McLaren 650S) and an infotainment screen which pops out of the dash. It features Mazda’s CONNECT infotainment system which has a dial controller on the floor console. The crossover will accommodate five passengers.
That is as much as we were able to decipher from the spy shots, we will update you with more information once it becomes available.
As of this writing, Mazda had not disclosed engine details of the 2017 Mazda CX-4. However, according to rumors, the CX-4 will be powered by the same drive-trains that power the CX-5. The base engine will be a 2.0 L SkyActiv mill which puts up 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful gasoline engine will be a 2.5 L SkyActiv engine good for 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.
A diesel engine will also be offered in some markets. The diesel engine has a displacement of 2.2 liters and produces 147 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engine will also be tweaked to produce more power (173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque).
The engines will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission system. Check back later for more updates on the upcoming CX-4 drive-train specs.
Price and release date
According to reports, the CX-4 will make a public debut at the Beijing Auto Show in late April. . Eric Booth who is the senior manager of Mazda’s PR department said that they are not planning to sell the crossover in the US.
The crossover will go on sale shortly after the 2016 Beijing auto show. As for the price, we believe it could cost as much as the CX-5 which starts at $ 21,795.
When it comes out into the market, the 2017 Mazda CX-4 will face competition from Nissan Qashqai.
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