We’ve known for a while now what the production version of Mazda’s Koeru Concept from 2015 will look like, but these fresh scoops finally answer the lingering naming question. Mazda’s first entry in the coupé-like SUV segment will be called the CX-4.
Even though this example of the CX-4 is riding on fairly small alloy wheels that ultimately detract from its appearance, leaving a rather huge gap between the tires and the fenders, you can tell that the design was kept close to the striking concept.
Lower, sleeker and sportier than the CX-5, the new CX-4 should have a similar footprint to the Koeru study at around 4.6 meters (181 inches) long and 1.9 meters (74.8 inches) wide, with a 2.7 meter (106 inches) wheelbase, offering space for five passengers inside.
The CX-4 won’t be only about looks, as Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai recently told Autonews that the production version of the concept would provide “more driving pleasure” than the brand’s other crossovers. Given that the CX-5 scores well in the handling department, it sounds like the CX-4 will be the kind of car you’d enjoy behind the wheel.
Of course, Mazda will have to up its engine game, so here’s hoping that they’ll offer the new turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder that just made its debut in the latest CX-9.
Look for the new CX-4 to debut later this year, and go on sale in early 2017.
Thanks to Evan for the pictures!