Mazda unleashes new Mazda CX-4 Crossover SUV

Perhaps not content with the CX-3, CX-5 and the “coming soon” CX-9, Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled a new crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-4, at the Beijing Motor Show in China. The latest edition to Mazda’s new-generation lineup adopts SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and “KODO”, which according to Mazda, means “Soul of Motion design throughout” and goes on sale in China in June.

The CX-4 was made to apparently exceed existing categories and stereotypes.

According to Mazda, “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 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.” I wonder if that’s what is missing in my life, a Jinba-ittai driving feel…

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand believes the CX-4 will prove very popular in China.

“Just like New Zealand, demand for SUVs in China is remarkably strong and the CX-4, the production model of the Mazda KOERU concept model launched last year, will further strengthen Mazda’s crossover series. We won’t know until later in the year what other markets will get the CX-4.”

So will it come to New Zealand? Will we see a CX-6 at some point? Time will tell.

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 (front/rear) Ventilated discs/solid discs
Tires 225/65R17 225/55R19
Equipment i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies, MZD Connect6 car connectivity system, auto-hold function, etc.
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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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