2018 Mazda CX-4 Takes on BMW X-series With New Powertrain


Aiming to bridge the gap between Mazda3 and CX-5, the CX-4 fits nicely in the sporty SUV segment. Originally released as a concept car in Frankfurt Auto show, CX-4 is currently being produced and is up for sale in China alone. Typically targeted towards the Q series of Audi, 2018 Mazda CX-4 is expected to make its way to the world market by 2018. Although placed in the luxury SUV segment, this shiny automobile is designed to give it a sportier coupe-like look. Available with same engines as its higher sibling, CX-5, Mazda has also promised to release the vehicle with more engine options for better performance.

2018 Mazda CX-4

Engine and Powertrain

The Mazda CX4 is expected to include a 2.0 liters SkyActive engine capable of producing 155 HP and 150 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful AWD 2.5 SkyActive engine will produce about 184 HP and 185 lb-ft of torque. For the global market, however, the Mazda CX-4 2018 is expected to be released with a 2.2 liters diesel engine expected to produce 147 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. Optionally the same engine can be boosted to produce 173 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque.

All engine variants will be available with six-speed manual/transmission. Manual transmission aided engine will provide fuel efficiency to the tune of around 36.75 mpg and 37.33 mpg for auto transmission engine. Higher fuel efficiency are expected with 2.5 liters engine with/without i-ELOOP. Macpherson struts and multi-link systems in the front and rear ensure a balanced ride.

2018 Mazda CX-4 rear view

2018 Mazda CX-4 Design

Exterior

With a KODO styled front, the new 2018 Mazda CX-4 has got a shinier grille in the form of a shield with a curved out engine hood. It borrows its frame from Mazda Korea concept, and its grille frame extends into its headlamps.

This sporty Mazda has a more utilitarian appearance with a lower ride height and an overall improvement in the aerodynamics aimed at increasing efficiency. The abundance of aluminum and carbon fiber adds stability and light weight to this vehicle.20-inch shiny allow wheels are expected on the new Mazda CX-4 2018.

Interior

Borrowing most of its features from Korea, the CX-4’s interior also look pretty much the same. With a coupe-like design, this production friendly automobile has got a large infotainment display system with a lot of high-quality features for entertainment. Rumors have it that this new model is installed with aluminum and leather upholstered chassis/interiors throughout. Looks wise it beats most of its competitors in this range including the BMW X5.

Mazda CX-4 interior

The finest of Nappa leather together with Japanese’s rosewood makes up the instrument and dashboard panel nicely. CX-4 fits five passengers, and it ensures maximum comfort for all even for longer journeys. Apart from Bluetooth and USB connectivity, the 2018 Mazda CX-4 also hosts different safety functions.

Pricing and Competitors

Awaiting the release of its higher sibling, the 2018 Mazda CX-4 aims to target the low to mid-range luxury SUV segment thereby aiming to compete with the BMW X’s. For the global market, this vehicle will be available in an excess of $23,000.

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