► New Mazda CX-4 teased
► Due at Geneva motor show
► This one'll come to the UK
This is our first shadowy look at the new 2020 Mazda CX-4 - an incremental SUV that'll slot between the CX-3 and CX-5 in Mazda's UK showrooms.
The company has shown this one rear shot of the new crossover ahead of its world debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show. It's a slick-looking SUV redolent of the crisp, clean surfacing that's become a byword for Mazda design of late. We approve.
The new Mazda CX-4 is expected to enter production in late 2019, pointing to a UK launch later this year or early in 2020. Think of it as a rival to the new Range Rover Evoque.
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CX-4: the Mazda statement about its new compact SUV
Note that Mazda has not yet officially identified this as the CX-4. But we know it will slot between its existing SUVs in the UK - and in the official announcement it refers to the newcomer as a 'compact SUV.' Here's the statement in full:
'A new Mazda compact SUV will make its world debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. The second model in the company's new-generation line-up features a more mature Kodo design language and Mazda’s new-generation SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture [that underpins the new Mazda 3, below]. The powertrain lineup showcases the latest SKYACTIV engines, including the company's revolutionary SPCCI (Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition) technology, which has a unique combustion method combining the free-revving performance of a petrol engine with the superior response of a diesel.'
Yep, it's a Mazda 3 on stilts alright...
Isn't there a Mazda CX-4 already?
Well remembered. The CX-4 was shown at the 2016 Beijing motor show and is built in partnership with FAW (see below).
It's never been sold outside China, but with the world's appetite for SUVs showing no signs of slowing down, Mazda has decided to make this new model a global effort.
It's essentially a crossover package spun off the hardware of the new Mazda 3, and that means it has all-wheel drive capability, although this is likely to be reserved for top-end models.
The hardware bodes well for how the new CX-4 will drive; we were impressed by the new-tech family hatch in our recent first drive.