Beijing LIVE: Mazda CX-4

New coupe-like crossover officially unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show.

Mazda officially debuted is new CX-4 coupe/crossover Monday in Beijing, confirming a previous announcement that the new model will remain exclusive to the Chinese market for the time being.

Based on the Koeru concept that debuted last year, the CX-4 is a sleeker, more athletic crossover (just don't call it a wagon) based on the CX-5 architecture.

The CX-4 will be offered with both of Mazda's SkyActiv four-cylinder engines. For the time being, Mazda has not elected to offer the company's new 2.5L SkyActiv turbo engine. For now, that engine will be exclusive to the new CX-9.

The two-liter engine will be available both with manual and automatic transmissions, while the 2.5L will be paired exclusively to the automatic. All wheel drive will also be available on 2.5L models.

Staying true to the concept, it maintains the same wheelbase as the CX-5, meaning it should only be compromised in comparison by its more sloped and aggressive roofline.

"Demand for SUVs here is remarkably strong and we expect this model will play a big part in expanding the Mazda brand in this market. We will continue working to strengthen our brand in China, aiming to become a brand which enriches people's lives through cars," said Nobuhide Inamoto, Senior Managing Executive Officer overseeing operations in China, in the official announcement.

Live photos by Ronan Glon.

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