The big news of the week is the launch of Mazda’s new crossover, the car that sees the company jump into a new segment pool. Introducing the Mazda CX-4, the Mazda that slots itself firmly into the likes of the Mitsubishi Outlander and Subaru Outback category and create waves with its Skyactiv technology.
Based on the Mazda CX-5’s platform, the CX-4 measures at 4633mm in length, 1840mm in width and has an overall height of 1535mm making it 78mm longer but it shares the same ground clearance as the Mazda CX-3 instead.
Like all of Mazda’s new generation models, the CX-4 also adopts the company’s signature Skyactiv Technology and Kodo-Soul of Motion design both inside and out. With the planted stance and sleek coupe-like cabin the CX-4 has an outstanding presence.
Mazda has also made sure to give the CX-4 extra amounts of functionalities and user friendliness one of which is the ease of entering and exiting the crossover and flexible cargo space. Thanks to the SUV-like ground clearance combined with Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system, the CX-4 is ready to take on any road conditions.
Don’t worry, Mazda made sure to keep the outstanding environmental and safety performance (Sustainable Zoom-Zoom) and Jinba-ittai driving philosophy to give drivers an excellent drive. The CX-4 sits on MacPherson struts in the front and multi-links in the rear, with a low centre of gravity the crossover is said to have excellent handling.
Consumers have a choice between a Skyactiv-G 2.0 engine and a Skyactiv-G 2.5 engine to power their CX-4s. Only the Skyactiv-G 2.0 has a choice of a manual transmission while the 2.5-litre engine gets an automatic only.
The CX-4 is the fourth new generation model in China, and Mazda has high hopes for the car to do well as demands of SUVs have been rising in the country. Sales will start in June for the Chinese market and at the moment, Mazda is still studying the market to determine if they will bring this model to other markets as well. Jerrica Leong