2016 Mazda CX-4 spyshots 2

As many of you are aware, the upcoming Mazda CX-4 will be making its debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, which is merely weeks away. However, before that happens, Auto163 has dropped several spyshots of the crossover almost completely undisguised.

While Mazda’s teaser images may provide hints on what to expect of the CX-4, these spyshots reveal a whole lot more. In them, we see the crossover on site during a product shoot in a garden and by the beach, as well as what appears to be a production plant.

The exterior design continues to be pretty consistent to those seen in earlier spyshots. The coupe-like pfrofile and rakish roofline provides the CX-4 with a sportier stance. At the front, slim LED headlamps flank the brand’s signature grille (with a chrome surround). Just below then are a set of fog lamps.

Moving on, the side mirrors look similar to those on the 3 sedan, whereas the design of the wheels (17- and 19-inch options reportedly avaialbe) mirror that of the CX-5 facelift. A shark fine antenna is plopped on the top here. More chrome can be seen near the windows’ edges as well, along with aluminium roof rails.

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The rear meanwhile, sports tail lamps that appear to be lifted from the 3 hatchback, but with a chrome strip linking them that extends inwards as well. Other areas of interest are rear reflector and fog lamp enclosures, positioned just above the exhaust pipes (one at each corner) that are partly-integrated into the bumper.

Inside, the CX-4 features a dashboard that mirrors that on the 3. Familiar items here include the instrument cluster, steering wheel, air-con vents, gear selector, dual-zone air-con controls and the brand’s MZD free-standing touchscreen infotainment system (with Commander Control).

The CX-4 also adopts an electronic parking brake, similar to the 6 sedan, CX-5 and on the facelifted 3 as well. That is certainly helpful in providing some much needed stowage space. An area of interest is the button located next to that control, which appears to be for the car’s brake hold function (finally).

Other shots of the interior reveal off-coloured leather trim pieces to provide a more premium feel and look to things, similar to that found on the CX-3. Elsewhere, a retractable sunroof appears to be part of the kit list, and for those who demand second-row air-con vents, that’s present here as well.

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Auto163 reports that the CX-4 will be offered with two four-cylinder SkyActiv-G petrol engines – a 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre. In its Malaysian state of tune, the mills produce 155 hp/200 Nm and 185 hp/250 Nm, respectively. A SkyActiv-Drive six-speed auto is expected to be mated to both engines, driving the front wheels. Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive system will be offered as well, as indicated by the badging on the CX-4’s fenders.

The Chinese site also reveals that in terms of dimensions, the CX-4 retains the same width (1,840 mm) and wheelbase length (2,700 mm) of the CX-5, but is 78 mm longer at 4,633 mm and 175 mm shorter at 1,535 mm. Full disclosure on the CX-4’s dimensions will be revealed during the vehicle’s launch.

Set to make its debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, the Mazda CX-4 is said to be offered for the Chinese market only, which is certainly disappointing. How much do you want to see the CX-4 come to Malaysia? What do you think of the crossover? Let us know in the comments section below.

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