More dynamic? More emotional? Less practical? Just what is this?
Japanese marque Mazda has caught some of us by surprise by teasing what it calls a “brand new” global SUV, which most of us are assuming will be badged the CX-4. With a more emotive design, twin tailpipes, and what appears to be a highly-sculpted body, the CX-4 will likely serve as a more dynamic offering over the CX-5. The name is an educated assumption by the way – let us explain how we arrived at that.
Mazda clarified that this all-new SUV, slated for debut at the Geneva motor show, makes use of Mazda’s new Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture and will offer their new-fangled Skyactiv-X compression-ignition engine. SVA & Skyactiv-X are both elements currently only seen on the new Mazda 3, which suggests that the SUV might be larger than the current CX-3. Hence.
*2019 Mazda CX-4, Chinese market
At the moment, a CX-4 does exist, but it’s only for the Chinese market, and size-wise it sits pretty much alongside the Mazda 3 hatch. It offers a more dynamic design, a more evocative shape, albeit at the cost of outright practicality. It’s possible that with the arrival of the new-generation Mazda 3, the company saw the opportunity to expand its global SUV lineup, to offer Skyactiv-X and the benefits of Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture on a wider platform.
Perhaps. Either way, more details will be revealed when the car is unveiled at the Geneva motor show, which opens its doors in early March. Be sure to stay tuned to CarShowroom, as we bring you more updates as they come.