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There is just nowhere for the upcoming Mazda CX-4 to hide anymore, it seems – the new SUV has once again been spotted completely undisguised in China, ahead of its expected world premiere at Auto China 2016 in Beijing. These photos, obtained from Chinese portal CarNewsChina, give us the clearest look yet at the new low-slung “CX-5 coupé.”

It may not have looked like it in concept form as the Koeru, but here – fitted with more production-friendly trim and lighting, smaller wheels and larger wing mirrors – the CX-4 bears a striking resemblance to the Mazda 3 hatchback, such is the similarity in proportions between both cars.

The long bonnet, curvaceous surfacing and fast rear windscreen rake give the CX-4 a visual link to its hatch sibling. Differences include thicker chrome bars around the windscreen and above the rear number plate recess, along with blacked-out A-pillars for a wraparound windscreen look.

Inside, it’s much the same what we’ve seen before – the dashboard is reminiscent to that seen on the Mazda 3 and facelifted Mazda 6, featuring a free-standing MZD Connect display, a three-spoke steering wheel, a three-pod instrument cluster and a Commander Control knob for the infotainment system. There’s also an electronic parking brake, first introduced on the 6 and CX-5 facelifts.

Engine choices are set to mirror those seen on the CX-5, including 155 hp/200 Nm 2.0 litre and 184 hp/250 Nm 2.5 litre direct-injected SkyActiv-G petrol engines (which we get over here) and a 148 hp/350 Nm 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D turbodiesel mills. As usual, these are expected to be mated to six-speed SkyActiv-MT manual or SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmissions, with a choice of either two- or four-wheel drive.

GALLERY: Mazda Koeru Concept at Frankfurt 2015