Sporty Mazda CX-4 debuts in China, for Chinese market only

The Mazda CX-4 sporty SUV has made its debut at the Beijing motor show. Unfortunately for Australian motorists, it won’t be heading Down Under any time soon.

Mazda CX-4

This is Mazda’s answer to the increasingly popular sporty SUV layout featuring a four-door coupe body profile. It’s based on the CX-5 mid-size SUV, borrowing the same 2700mm wheelbase, although standing only 1535mm tall (compared with 1840mm).

Under the bonnet, customers in China – the sole market region where it will be sold, at least initially – will have the option to select from a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 116kW hooked up to front-wheel drive, or a 2.5-litre producing 141kW with all-wheel drive.

Fuel economy averages span from 6.3L/100km in the automatic 2WD 2.0L, or 6.4L/100km for the manual, and up to 7.2L/100km for the automatic-only 2.5L.

Mazda calls the interior functional, with “exceptional user-friendliness”, despite the swooping roofline. Details regarding the boot space haven’t been mentioned, however, the company describes the area as “flexible”. As a guide the CX-5 offers 403 litres and up to 1560 litres.

Mazda CX-4 red

Speaking about the all-new model, Nobuhide Inamoto, senior managing executive officer overseeing operations in China, said:

“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.”

At this stage there has been no official confirmation the CX-4 will ever make it to Australia, but, if it proves very popular we’re sure the local arm will want to boost its already-impressive SUV sales figures here in Australia with the CX-4.