Mazda’s Koeru-inspired CX-4 crossover spied in China

Mazda‘s Koeru-inspired CX-4 crossover spied in China

Low-resolution spy shots taken in China have prematurely revealed the production version of the Mazda Koeru concept.

Called CX-4, the crossover retains the Koeru’s basic design with only minor modifications. The tall belt line, the low roof line, and the rakish D-pillar are essentially unchanged, but the CX-4 gets new tail lamps and a less futuristic front end that falls in line with Mazda’s current design language.

The CX-4 is believed to ride on the same platform as the CX-5, and it will likely use the same engines. That means entry-level models will boast a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill rated at 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft. of torque, and more potent models will benefit from a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter four-banger. Buyers will likely be asked to choose between a six-speed automatic transmission and an enthusiast-friendly six-speed manual gearbox.

Mazda hasn’t announced when the CX-4 will make its public debut. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it debut later this month at the New York Auto Show, but the fact that the spy shots were taken in China suggest that the Japanese car maker might hold off on revealing it until the Beijing Show opens its doors next month. Either way, the CX-4 will go on sale in time for the 2017 model year.

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