The Mazda car maker has always been known for its capability to create a nicely looking vehicle with great performance, ability and great design all in one. This time, we are talking about the upcoming 2018 Mazda CX-4. This model stands between the larger CX-5 and smaller CX-3 and Mazda3 models. It is very similar to the CX-5 considering its size but it looks sportier than CX-3. It was firstly presented to the world at the 2018 Frankfurt Motor Show and from the start it was obvious that this beauty will definitively find its place in already crowded SUV market.
The 2018 Mazda will feature attractive styling, comfortable, well-equipped and nicely-designed cabin and strong units under its hood. So far, this model has only been available in China. However, if the latest rumors come true, the auto maker should bring it to the US market too. Its main rival on the market will be Nissan Qashqai.
2018 Mazda CX-4 powetrain and performance
Under the hood of the 2018 Mazda CX-4 will be placed the same engines as in the CX-5 model. The one is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SkyActive engine which in the CX-5 is able to make 155 horses and 150 pound-feet of torque. It is very likely that the CX-4 will have the same specs as well. The next option is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder SkyActiv unit which is able to develop 184 hp and 185 pound-feet of torque.
Furthermore, some markets should also offer a new diesel unit. It is a 2.2-liter engine with the output of 147 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque or 173 horses and 310 lb-ft of torque. All the engines will be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to the exterior, the 2018 Mazda CX-4 will be based on the KODO design language. The whole body will feature couple-like and sporty appearance. The front end will be accentuated by the large grille in shape of shield which will extend into the headlamps. They will be angular and will give it aggressive look. The hood will be nicely sculpted too and the roof will be a bit higher. On the rear end, there will be larger tail lamps, and new exhaust outlets which will no longer be integrated into the bumper.
Inside, the 2018 Mazda CX-4 will look very similar to the CX-5. Although, it is a bit smaller than its larger sibling, the cabin is almost identical and sufficiently spacious. It will be made of premium materials including aluminum, leather etc. There will be also some nice aluminum trims, contrast stitching on the seats and so on. The dashboard will feature new infotainment system which will represent a free-standing unit. As to say, it won’t be integrated into the dash. Furthermore, the interior will be equipped with plenty of useful and infotainment features. Some of them are Bluetooth, USB, premium sound system, navigation and so on.
Release date and price
The exact release date of the new 2018 Mazda CX-4 is still not officially confirmed. As for the price, we believe that it won’t be below $22,000.